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U.S. Army Pfc. Lynndie England walks with her mother, Terrie England, outside of the XVIII Airborne Corps Judge Advocate Building, on Aug. 31 in Fort Bragg, N.C.
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updated 10/13/2004 10:23:54 AM ET 2004-10-13T14:23:54

Pfc. Lynndie England, the soldier seen in some of the most notorious photos with naked Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, is a new mother.

The 21-year-old reservist had the baby on Sunday at the post hospital at Fort Bragg, Col. Billy Buckner, public affairs officer for the 18th Airborne Corps, said Wednesday.

Post officials said they do not know whether the baby was a boy or a girl, but the Baltimore Sun said it was a boy, citing an unnamed military source.

England’s father, Kenneth England of Fort Ashby, W.Va., said the family would not release information about the birth.

England became a focal point of the scandal after the release of photos of her smiling and posing with nude prisoners stacked in a pyramid, pointing and flashing a thumb’s up, and holding a detainee on a dog leash.

'Happy' dad
The child’s father is Spc. Charles Graner Jr., England’s ex-boyfriend, who is also shown in the prison photographs, including one with a dead body packed in ice in a body bag.

According to Graner's attorney Guy Womack, his client was informed by e-mail Sunday of the birth.

Womack said he expected that Graner is "happy" that England gave birth without complications.

Graner, who is in Baghdad awaiting trial, has limited telephone access. His pre-trial is scheduled for Oct. 22. Womack expects that Graner's court martial will be scheduled for sometime in January in Baghdad, but is trying to move it to a base in the U.S.

England and Graner are among of seven members of the 372nd Military Police Company of Cresaptown, Md., charged in connection with abuse that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison late last year.

England faces court-martial in January on charges of abusing detainees and committing indecent acts. She faces a prison sentence of up to 38 years, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances if convicted.

England's charges include three counts of assault in which she is said to have stepped on the hands and feet of Iraqi detainees. Another abuse charge includes conspiring to commit maltreatment of a detainee by posing in a photograph holding a leash around the naked prisoner's neck.

She is also charged with indecent acts which include wrongfully creating sexually explicit photographs of herself and disobeying an order given by a noncommissioned officer. Those charges do not involve Iraqi prisoners.

A report by the investigating officer suggested England was largely led astray by older soldiers in her unit, particularly Graner.

NBC's Joel Seidman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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