Early on November 12, 1999, Rochetta Cheek gave birth to her first daughter. Usually, such occasions are beautiful days that any mother should remember with fondness. Within a few hours, however, this new mum thought she’d never see her child again.
Cheek became pregnant aged 13. She said her personal circumstances at the time were such that she was raped. It was a terrible situation, she told TV news station Fox 8 in August 2017, and one she wouldn’t “wish on anybody.”
Within three hours of the child being born, the infant was kidnapped. Cheek claims that her abuser assaulted her and took the baby because he didn’t want it to be born. From that moment, she had no idea of her daughter’s fate, and assumed that she had perished.