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Woman charged with rape of her 14-year-old husband

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CONYERS, Ga. — A 21-year-old woman was charged with statutory rape after she gave birth to a child fathered by her then-13-year-old husband.

Summer Jessica Strickland of Conyers was arrested last week. According to Newton County records, she married her boyfriend, now 14, on Aug. 7, five weeks after the baby was born.

The case presents a kind of legal paradox. Although the couple was allowed under Georgia law to marry because they are parents, it was illegal for them to have sex before marriage.