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Duke Lacrosse Accuser Gives Birth to Baby Girl

Posted January 4, 2007 10:40 a.m. EST
Updated January 4, 2007 11:06 p.m. EST

— WRAL has confirmed that the accuser in the Duke lacrosse case Wednesday gave birth to a girl at UNC Hospitals.

Sources tell WRAL the woman delivered the baby by a Caesarean section. No other detail were available about the birth.

The hospital issued a statement Thursday saying, "In response to ongoing media reports surrounding the Duke lacrosse case, we acknowledge that the focus of this attention is a patient here at UNC Hospitals. UNC Hospitals will not provide additional information or updates on this patient’s condition. The patient says it is her hope and expectation that her privacy will be respected."

She was not due until February.

The 28-year-old alleges she was attacked by three Duke University lacrosse players — David Evans, 20, Collin Finnerty, 20,  and Reade Seligmann, 20 — at a March 13 team party.

A judge has ordered a paternity test although prosecutors and defense attorneys have said the child was not fathered by any of the players.

In December, rape charges against the three men were dropped. They still face kidnapping and sexual offense charges.

At the time of the alleged incident, the woman, a divorced mother of two, had worked for an escort service to help support her children and to pay for classes at North Carolina Central University.