After undergoing the paternity test, the man was charged with numerous sex crimes and will now stand trial.
The father reportedly began raping his then 15-year-old daughter 22 years ago.
There are conflicting reports about what happened to the girl’s mother, with one claiming he threw her out their family home, forcing her to leave with three of their children, according to El Liberal.
Six of the eight children are now living at the boarding school of Eva Peron in Santiago del Estero, local media reported.
There is no further information about the mother — whose name has not been made public.
The case is frightingly similar to that of Fritzl’s, who kept his own daughter Elisabeth captive for 24 years in his guesthouse in the town of Amstetten in the north-eastern state of Lower Austria.
He fathered seven children with her after using her as a sex slave in a soundproofed horror dungeon, where he raped her more than 3,000 times.
It was only when Kerstin, the eldest daughter fathered by Fritzl, slipped into a coma that the horror father took her to hospital, where doctors noted her malnourished condition and rotting teeth.
When Elisabeth was given permission to finally leave the cellar to visit Kerstin in hospital, she was arrested and told police about the horrific crimes her father had committed.
The trial, which has been adjourned until next week, continues.
The NHS is piloting a new ‘Airbnb’-style scheme in which homeowners will be paid £50 a week per patient or £1,000 a month to ‘host’ patients in their spare rooms in a bid to combat bed blocking.
According to a report in the Telegraph, the Start-up company CareRooms is working with trusts and councils in Essex to link up members of the public with patients who have had a minor procedure – such as a knee operation – but who live alone or have no family to help them convalesce.
In return for fees of up to £1,000 a month, hosts are asked to ‘welcome the patient, cook three microwave meals a day, and offer conversation and drinks,’ the Health Service Journal (HSJ) has discovered.
CareRooms says the model provides ‘a safe, comfortable place for people to recuperate from hospital’ as well as helping alleviate bed-blocking which has risen by 40 per cent in the past year and is estimated to cause up to 8,000 deaths annually.
On some days 6,000 patients are taking up beds across the NHS when they no longer require hospital treatment.
However, the Save Southend A&E campaign group, whose members include doctors in Essex, warned the new scheme had the potential to ‘open a huge can of worms.’
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services also said it ‘raised questions’ about the wellbeing and safety of patients and the Care Quality Commission said it would be contacting the company to see if the service falls under the ‘scope of regulation.’
Although CareRooms promises to undertake an initial vetting and interview procedure, the company states that no previous care experience is needed. Hosts however do have the option of attending training to become a carer for their patient if they are ‘interested in increasing your skills and income.’
A company spokeswoman said the model was comparable to Airbnb – the website that allows people to rent out their spare rooms to strangers for cash – and said the pilot would focus on patients who were “medically fit for discharge but that had no one to go home to”.
Hosts will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks and be required to complete training to ensure understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, food hygiene and cleanliness standards.
CareRooms medical director Harry Thirkettle, a part-time emergency registrar in Essex, told the HSJ: “Everyone’s immediate concern is, understandably, safeguarding. We are working hard to be better than standard practice.
“We are not going off half-cocked… We are not going to start taking on patients until we have satisfied all these different organisations’ governance procedures and committees. We are really carefully considering this and making sure it is as safe as possible.”
However Save Southend A&E campaign said it was concerned that the company had been handing out flyers in Southend Hospital.
“We are shocked that an NHS trust is endorsing such a company,” said a spokesman.”
Offering beds in private residential homes opens a huge can of worms for safeguarding, governance and possible financial and emotional abuse of people at their most vulnerable time.
“It is almost weekly that there are reports of abuse and poor care in registered residential and care homes therefore the monitoring of such ‘placements’ in private homes would be a huge and risky task.”
The pilot involves: Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust; Southend and Castlepoint, Rayleigh and Rochford clinical commissioning groups; Essex County Council; and Southend Borough Council.
Southend Hospital managing director Yvonne Blücher said CareRooms was one of several “innovative solutions” being explored in Essex.
“The CareRooms principle is to provide additional support to those patients who may have had a minor procedure and live alone or whose own families are not able to provide short term assistance post hospital care,” she said.
“A number of patient cohorts are currently being assessed to identify opportunities that may exist with our system.
The Ekiti state Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday, escaped death as his white Mercedes G-Wagon was engulfed in fire at in Oshodi, Lagos
The incident occurred as the governor’s convoy was heading for the airport along the Oshodi-Oworonshoki expressway in Lagos.
Confirming the incident, Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka said the SUV caught fire while in motion
He however told reporters that the Governor was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
In a telephone conversation with the New Telegraph journalist, the spokesman said “No was casualty recorded. Cause of the fire not ascertained yet”.
“There was an accident involving the governor’s vehicle on his way to the airport yesterday. Though he was meant to be in the vehicle, by providence, he was not there.
“What caused the sudden fire under the vehicle is yet to be ascertained,” he added
Fayose was among the 17 Southern Governors, that converged in Lagos on Monday , to discuss crucial national issues.
The top civil servant responsible for increasing the state pension age to 67 plans to himself retire from the Department for Work and Pensions on his 61st birthday in January 2018, after 10 years as a Permanent Secretary.
Robert Devereux will receive £85,000 a year and a lump sum of £245,000. This comes at a time when ordinary citizenshave to work longer just to have enough contributions and qualufiable years to be entitled to vasic state pension.
But Sir Robert Devereux, is reputed to have the most valuable pension of any civil servant.
While almost everyone in Britain faces the problem of not having enough money in their pension, Sir Robert has the opposite dilemma: there is too much money in his
Denzel Washington may be known as one of America’s most beloved actors. But behind his charming smile and beautiful family, there’s a side of Washington many haven’t seen.
I’ve always assumed it to be true, but now we know for certain: Denzel Washington is a Christian. And if you meet him in person, you’ll quickly realize that he’s unashamed to tell you so.
But Washington doesn’t claim to be a perfect Christian. In fact, he admits that many of his life’s deepest struggles are what caused him to turn to Christ.
Denzel Washington was born on December 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York. Denzel’s father, Reverend Denzel Hayes Washington, Sr., was a Pentecostal minister and his mother, Lennis “Lynne” Washington, was a beautician and beauty parlor owner.
Raised in a loving Christian home, Denzel Washington says growing up in the fear of the Lord is something that he values deeply in life.
Denzel shared, “My father, my earthly father, Denzel Washington Sr. was a pastor for the Church of God in Christ for 60 years. I know he’s smiling in heaven, seeing his son doing the best I can do today, by the grace of God.”
Today, he’s one of America’s most beloved actors. But Washington’s life wasn’t always easy. Denzel severely struggled through school as he received poor grades and his future looked pretty bleak.
Desperate to save her son, Denzel’s mother sent him to a private preparatory school, Oakland Military Academy in New York — a decision that God used to transform his life forever.
“That decision changed my life,” Washington later said, “because I wouldn’t have survived in the direction I was going. The guys I was hanging out with at the time, my running buddies, have now done maybe 40 years combined in the penitentiary. They were nice guys, but the streets got them.”
Unlike many other actors of our day, Denzel didn’t grow up aspiring to be anything grande. In fact, Denzel’s challenging childhood led him to believe that he would never truly amount to anything. Until one day, a woman from church approached him and gave him a word of encouragement.
With a new-found hope, Denzel enrolled into Fordham University. There, he played basketball as a guard and studied medicine. However, he soon realized that he lacked passion to be a doctor.
While working at the summer camp, Denzel directed various activities– which included organizing skits for the children. And as it turned out, young Washington had a natural knack for acting.
In his book, Denzel wrote “The counselors there put on a talent show for the kids. So I put together these little poems and rhymes and skits for the kids in my cabin, and we stood up on stage and did our bit. After the show this guy named Miles Joyce came up to me and said, ‘Man, you ever thought about being an actor?”
Denzel returned to Fordham with a new-found interest in acting and in 1977, Washington earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Denzel went on to receive a scholarship to attend graduate school at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. But it didn’t take long for Denzel get into acting. After just one year of grad school, Washington returned to New York City to take a stab at his professional acting career.
Just four years after Denzel began acting, Washington made his first Hollywood appearance in the film Carbon Copy (1981). Playing the role of Roger Porter, a long-lost, illegitimate son of a white corporate executive. The film was a breakout success and is still considered an American classic to this day.
In 1982, Washington shared an Obie Award for his role in the Off-Broadway Negro Ensemble Company production, A Soldier’s Play. That next year, Denzel was casted as Dr. Philip Chandler on the NBC hospital drama St. Elsewhere.
In the 1989 historical masterpiece, Glory, Denzel played a former slave who joined an all-black Civil War regiment. The most powerful scene in the movie and arguably one of the best scenes in cinema history, was when Washington shed a single tear while being whipped for being accused of running away.
His emotional performance left America in awe, and Denzel later went on to win his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Washington revealed, ”I remember walking around before that scene, just praying and calling on the spirits of all the slaves, because I didn’t know how to play it…I went out there with an arrogance. I spit on the ground. I had this attitude and this strength and it all came out of this meditation. It wasn’t calculated. It was organic. That whip actually hurt, but I was like, Don’t let him win.”
Through the 1990s, Denzel continued to rise as one of America’s most beloved actors. Washington co-starred in big budget productions such as The Pelican Brief (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Preacher’s Wife (1996) and Courage Under Fire (1996), a role for which he was paid $10 million.
Denzel’s work in critically-acclaimed films continued simultaneously, with roles in Malcolm X (1992) and The Hurricane (1999) garnering him Oscar nominations for Best Actor, before finally being awarded the prize in 2002 for his lead role in Training Day (2001).
The 2000s was also a very successful decade for Washington. Denzel starred in his largest-grossing film to date, Remember The Titans and Americans fell in love all over again with his unique ability to unite the nation and abolish the horrific lines of racism. Washington went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic Movie.
Denzel also made history in 2001 by winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in the film, Training Day. Here he played Detective Alonzo Harris, a rogue Los Angeles cop with questionable law-enforcement tactics. With his powerful performance, he became the second African-American performer to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Washington shared, ”I was never asked to play the heavy…I guess they thought I was the noble, nice guy.”
As it’s been said before, Washington paved the way for African American actors by proving he could carry a film like Training Day, in which the main character’s race is a tangential factor at most, and win a Best Actor Oscar in the process, the first being Sidney Poitier who also received an Honorary Academy Award that night.
But success in Hollywood wasn’t the only gift that acting gave Denzel. In June of 1983, Washington married the love of his life, Pauletta Pearson.
And despite being celebrities, Denzel and Paulette have beat the odds and stayed together for over 33 years. The couple renewed their vows in 1995, and their steadfast love is a refreshing sight to behold — especially in Hollywood these days.
“We live in a time — and it’s not for me to judge anyone — when people give up too easy,” Denzel recently shared, exhibiting the same persistent spirit that prompted him to ask Pauletta to marry him three times before she finally accepted his proposal.
The lovebirds first met on the set of the television film Wilma and after tying the knot, went on to have four children together — 32-year-old son John, 29-year-old daughter Katia and 15-year-old twins Olivia and Malcolm.
When asked for some marriage advice, Denzel replied, “Oh – if you’re a guy – two phrases. One is ‘yes, dear’ and the other is ‘honey, you’re right.’”
On a more serious note, Denzel continued, “You have to work at it. Not give up on each other. It’s a commitment. Be patient. Be good friends first. And stick together. You gotta work at it. I’ve been married 33 years. It’s not all a honeymoon, it’s not all flowers and roses, but if you’re friends and partners and committed, you’ll be okay. And everybody’s got advice for you – don’t listen.”
But not only is Denzel a devoted husband and family man, but he also considers his Faith the most important aspect of his life. And recently, the world-renown actor has sounded more like a pastor when he takes the podium.
Denzel shared, “In 2015, I said I’m no longer just going to speak through my work. I’m going to make a conscious effort to get up and speak about what God has done for me.”
Denzel is unashamed of his faith in Jesus Christ, and also credits his success to the faithful prayers of his mother.
Washington revealed, “I remember saying to my mother at a time when I was feeling myself, ‘Ma did you ever think that I was going to become this…’ She said ‘boy, do you know all the people who have been praying for your behind… all the prayer cloths, and prayer meetings…’ And she made me clean the windows.”
As the son of a Pentecostal preacher who pastored for 60 years, Denzel Washington has maintained his Christian faith throughout his successful career and takes every opportunity to share it.
“There’s never been a time where God didn’t direct, protect, and correct me,” Washington passionately testified. “There may have been times where I was less than faithful to Him, but He had faith in me.” And when asked about his thoughts on the Bible, Denzel replied, “I read from the Bible every day, I read my Daily Word.”
At a commencement speech earlier this year, Denzel passionately encouraged graduates to dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ.
The world-renown actor shared, “Number one, put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me and everything you think I’ve accomplished and everything you think I have… everything I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift.”
Washington continued, “Give thanks for blessings every day. Every day. Embrace gratitude. Encourage others. It is impossible to be grateful and hateful at the same time.”
The actor urged the graduates to devote themselves to a lifestyle of prayer saying, “I pray that you put your slippers way under your bed at night, so that when you wake in the morning you have to start on your knees to find them. And while you’re down there, say ‘thank you.’ Ask for wisdom. Ask for understanding,” he said. “Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a differenc
.”Denzel explained that what really matters is what you do with what you have, not how much you have.
The world-famous actor explained, “You’ll never see a U-Haul chasing a hearse. Whatever you have in life, you can’t take it with you. The Egyptians tried, and all they got was robbed. I don’t have what you have. You don’t have what I have. We all have unique abilities and talents. Who have you lifted up? Who have you made better? Today?”
Denzel doesn’t need statues or awards, and he doesn’t need fancy clothes. He says he’s in the service business.
“I’m in the service business.I’m here to serve God. I’m here to serve my family.”
Despite Denzel Washington’s unparalleled success, three Golden Globe awards, two Academy Awards, and Tony Award, he remains a humble man of faith who honors his wife and loves his children; that is someone who’s truly worth admiring.
“Faith and optimism can add years to your life. A bad attitude is like a flat tire. Until you change it, you’re not going anywhere.” – Denzel Washington
Praise God for amazing men in Hollywood like Denzel Washington! While listening to Denzel’s inspiring story, I just couldn’t help but think of Jeremiah 17:7 which reads,
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”