A man from central Israel is accused of raping his partner's daughter, in a bid by the couple to impregnate the girl and become eligible for public housing.
According to police, the man raped the now 14-year-old girl over the course of three years, with the mother's consent.
The two suspects, residents of Ramla in their 40s, were arrested on Thursday, and the Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court extended their detention. The man's lawyer, Abed Abu Amer, said his client denies the accusations.
The girl has been removed from the house due to her health condition, according to police.
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Police believe the mother and her partner maintained a record of the daughter's menstrual cycles, in order to increase the chances of impregnating her.
The police launched an investigation a few weeks ago, following a report from the city's welfare authorities. The girl was questioned by special youth investigators, which led to the suspicion that she had been raped by her stepfather. Police began collecting evidence that eventually lead to the arrest of both suspects.