U.S. man arrested for fathering 3 children with his daughter

Charles Jr. Shamblin  
By: Debbie Gross 

A U.S. man was arrested after years of abusing his own daughter and had 3 children with her.

The West Virginia man has been arrested and accused of fathering three children with his own daughter, who was only 14 when she gave birth to their first baby, after DNA tests proved the abuse.

The news media reported that 56-year-old Charles Jr. Shamblin of Kanawha County was arraigned on incest, sexual abuse and sexual assault charges.
West Virginia State Police say Shamblin abused his daughter for more than 10 years. The results of the DNA tests indicate that he was the father of her three children.

The news media reported that Shamblin allegedly began abusing his daughter, now 35, when she was only seven years old. The alleged sexual abuse continued until she was 20. When she was 14, she gave birth to the first of their three children. The other two children were born when the victim was 19 and 20 years old.

Shamblin’s daughter-in-law said members of his community knew about the incestuous abuse but "looked the other way."
"They knew what was happening," said the unnamed woman. "They have seen the bruises, they have seen the marks on the children and their mother, and they looked the other way."

The daughter-in-law also said that the alleged victim "totally denied" being sexually abused for years.
"The State, the prosecutor and the deputy said they could not do anything," she told the news media.