At 9 years old, a young girl should be playing with her friends and dreaming about the future. But for one girl in Mexico, the next few years will be filled with night feeds and diaper changes. Authorities in Guadalajara, Mexico, have revealed that a young girl gave birth to a baby girl at the end of January and the father is a 17 year old boy.
Lino Ginzalez Corona, spokesperson at Jalisco State Prosecutor’s Office made public the birth of the nearly six pounds baby girl on Wednesday. The boy and the girl realized about two months ago that she was expecting and it is then that the boy fled.
The new mother has been identified only as Dafne. She gave birth on January 27th at the Hospital General de Occidente via C-section. According to the director of the hospital Enrique Rabago the mother and daughter were released last weekend and are now home.
“Due to her age, her body is not able (or) in the best shape to have a baby,” he said.
The young girl has been receiving psychological counseling and will be monitored closely in future, the director noted. The girl’s mom has also agreed to a subcutaneous birth-control device.
The average age at which girls start their monthly menstrual cycle is around 12 however this age is slowly reducing and it is not unusual nowadays for girls as young as 9 to start their monthly periods.
Medically, pregnancy may occur even before a girl starts her periodic cycle as the bleeding occurs only after an egg has been formed.
Dafne is one of 11 siblings living with their parents in a poor neighborhood 25 miles south of Guadalajara.
“Her parents work all day and were not watching after her, and therefore didn’t realize what was about to happen,” Corona said.
Dafne had told her mother that she was reportedly dating the 17 year old. When the two realized she was pregnant, the teenager had asked Dafne’s mom permission for her to move in with him but the mother refused.
“We are looking for the young man to get his story because the girl does not understand what has happened,” said Jorge Villasenor, another representative from the prosecutor’s office. “This is either rape or child sex abuse.”
The youngest mother ever is believed to be a 5 year 7 months old Pervian girl who gave birth to a boy in 1939.