Mom arrested for allegedly forcing 14-year-old daughter into marriage

A mother in Fort Bend County, Texas, is accused of allowing a 47-year-old man to marry her 14-year-old daughter.

The "marriage" occurred in Richmond, Texas, a city outside of Houston.

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According to reports, Child Protective Services (CPS) received a call from the girl's doctor alleging that she told her physician she was married and sexually active.

The "marriage" occurred when the girl was just 13-years-old.

CPS informed the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office of the potential long-term sexual assault on June 5. Authorities launched an investigation that is still ongoing.

The mother, Cherry Jamila Payton, 39, and the teen's "husband" Steven Carty, 47, have both been arrested.


Photo: Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office

Payton is charged with endangering a child by criminal negligence. Carty is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Both are currently in jail until they make bond, which are set at $10,000 and $100,000, respectively.

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In Texas, the youngest a teen can legally marry is 16, and that's only if the teen is emancipated.

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