The older I get the more that I believe that I have seen or heard everything, until I read a story like the following.  Are people becoming more mentally disturbed or do they just have grand opinions of themselves, and feel that society’s norms do not apply to them?

An American mom in Britain, prevented from adopting a fourth child, forced her eldest adopted daughter to impregnate herself with syringes of sperm bought on the Internet.  The mother convinced her adopted teenage daughter to become pregnant by artificial insemination because she wanted a baby for herself.

In recent court proceedings, the mother was found guilty and has been sentenced to five years in prison, in a case that raised concerns over the ease of obtaining donor sperm.

Previously secret court documents showed that the daughter, a virgin, was made to inseminate herself, in her bedroom, seven times over a two-year period starting in 2008, when she was 14, using syringes of semen bought online by the mother from a sperm bank in Denmark.  She eventually became pregnant at 16 and gave birth at 17.

The extraordinary circumstances of her pregnancy came to light after midwives became suspicious of the mother because she was trying to prevent her daughter from bonding with the new baby and discouraged breastfeeding of the baby by her daughter.  This led to social services being alerted and the police getting involved in July 2011.

In a ruling made in March 2012, but only recently published after the conclusion of the mother’s criminal trial, High Court Judge Peter Jackson described “an abiding sense of disbelief that a parent could behave in such a wicked and selfish way towards a vulnerable child.”

The judge also raised questions about the international trade in donor sperm and using it at home without supervision.  There is no law in Britain to stop someone from buying donor sperm on the Internet.

The daughter told the court that she allowed her body to be used by her mother because she loved her.  In a Mother’s Day card written in 2009, the daughter enclosed a  photo of a positive pregnancy test and promised that she would give her mother…the gift of the baby.

The mother, who was imprisoned for child cruelty, had three adopted daughters but desperately wanted a fourth and was distraught when authorities told her in 2007 that she would not receive approval for a further adoption.

Instead, she persuaded the eldest of her three daughters to embark on a program of artificial insemination to provide her with a baby to raise as her own.  The mother also wanted the child to be a girl, and made her daughter use acid douches containing vinegar or lemon juice, in the belief that this would influence the gender of the baby,

You almost get the impression that this mother may have been a single parent, because of her obvious strong influence over her adoptive daughter, but the story never mentions a male presence in the family.  It was a very selfish act, with little regard for the physical and emotional well-being of the eldest adopted daughter.  Unfortunately, everyone, in that family was a loser and I hope that someone was there for these children…the three adopted daughters and the grandchild that was conceived out of pure greed and self-indulgence.

Although, it was done without any sexual act, the mother still basically “prostituted” her daughter and should have been charged with child abuse charges.  I am somewhat surprised at the length of time that it took for this to come to trial and it appears that the court proceedings were sealed until the daughter became of legal age.

It’s truly too bad, in today’s society, that we will continue to have parents who will abuse and damage children.  Then we wonder why so many kids are so “screwed up” by what they have been exposed to in unfit homes, raised by parents that do not have a clue on how to properly “parent” kids.  There are many cases of children being placed in foster care because of parents who never should have been allowed to have any children, and, in this case, the same applies to some adoptive parents.