9-Year-Old Gives Birth in Mexico

Mom, baby healthy; police hunt for baby's father

By Matt Cantor,  Newser User

Posted Feb 7, 2013 1:54 AM CST | Updated Feb 7, 2013 4:03 AM CST
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(Newser) – A 9-year-old girl gave birth last month in Jalisco, Mexico, ABC News reports. The girl, called Dafne, and her baby are both healthy and have returned home, a hospital director says. The infant daughter weighed 5.7 pounds and was 20 inches long, AFP reports. Dafne had a C-section because "her body was not ready to give birth," the director says. Dafne herself has 10 siblings. "Her parents work all day and were not watching after her, and therefore didn’t realize what was about to happen," says a state prosecutor's rep.

It wasn't until seven months in that the girl realized she was pregnant; she wasn't under the care of doctors. Police are now looking for the father of the child, reportedly 17 years old. Dafne says they had a good relationship, but prosecutors aren't sure. After learning she was pregnant, the boy asked Dafne to move in with him; when she said no, he left town, says the spokesperson. "We are looking for the young man to get his story because she does not understand what has happened. This is a rape or child sex abuse case," says an official.

A nine-year-old gave birth to a healthy baby in Mexico.
A nine-year-old gave birth to a healthy baby in Mexico.   (Shutterstock)
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