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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia woman has received a one-year jail sentence after paying and signing paperwork for her son’s girlfriend to have an abortion, officials say.

Cindi Cook, 44, was found guilty of encouraging her son’s 16-year-old girlfriend to have an abortion by paying for her to have the procedure at the Northside Women’s Clinic, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported Wednesday.

Cook also said she was the teen’s mother by illegally signing parental notification papers, officials said.

“It’s terrible when one parent takes another parent’s child to have an abortion,” DeKalb County Solicitor General Robert James said.

The 16-year-old’s actual parents were unaware of the abortion when it took place, WSB-TV said.

Officials said Cook was being held at the DeKalb County Jail after being convicted of interfering with custody and violating the parental notification law.

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