JAY — A court hearing in Delaware County for a Grove man accused of impregnating a foster child placed in his care has been delayed.

Timothy Joe Mountford is accused of impregnating a foster child placed in his home after she was impregnated at age 11 by a relative, according to court records and other sources.

Mountford, 50, who is also related to the girl, is charged with felony second-degree rape and child sexual abuse of a 14-year-old.

The child had been placed in Mountford’s home by the Department of Human Services. She is now in the care of another foster family.

Walking with a cane, Mountford appeared in court Monday for a scheduled preliminary hearing which was postponed until March 6. Prosecutors asked for a continuance, citing a witness who is scheduled to speak but was medically unable to testify.

Special Judge Alicia Littlefield said that, if the state is not ready to proceed in March, the case will be dismissed.

Littlefield said there are issues pending before the court, including child support and adoption of the second baby born to the teen.

DHS filed a petition in August for paternity and establishment of child support against Mountford, according to court records.

 The infant girl was born May 28, according to the petition. Mountford is free on $150,000 bail.

The state agency is seeking an order establishing Mountford as the father of the infant, has filed an $812 judgment against him for past child support and, as well, demands a monthly amount of $203, the petition states.

According to an affidavit warrant signed in November 2007 by Sgt. Mark Sheridan, a Grove Police Department detective, the victim had a seizure at school and was taken to Integris Grove General Hospital. The victim and her foster mother were told that the victim was about 11 weeks pregnant, the affidavit states.

When the victim returned home, she told her foster mother that Mountford assaulted her, the affidavit states.

Court documents also indicate that Mountford confessed to a sexual encounter with the juvenile.