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9-year-old Gives Birth in Mexico: Police Hunt For 17-year-old Father

By Jesse Lent | February 07, 2013 11:27 AM EST

A 9-year-old girl has given birth to a baby girl in Jalisco state, Mexico.

The 9-year-old girl, known simply as Daphne, became pregnant at age eight.

The father of the newborn child is allegedly a 17-year-old boy. He has run away, according to the 9-year-old's mother.

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"We are looking for the young man to get his story because [the 9-year-old new mother] does not understand what has happened," Jorge Villasenor, with the state prosecutors' office told The Telegraph. "This is a rape or child sex abuse case."

The 9-year-old girl gave birth on January 27 in Zoquipan Hospital. The newborn baby was reported to be 5.7 pounds. Both children were released from the hospital last weekend.

The hospital reports both mother and daughter are doing fine, but that they will have to do extensive follow-up work due to the extreme circumstances of such a young mother.

Jalisco state police spokesman Lino Gonzalez, who confirmed the health of both girls, told the AP that the family of the 9-year-old mom alerted the authorities after their child successfully gave birth and the teenage father had disappeared from the neighborhood. The 9-year-old told police that he was her boyfriend.

Gonzalez says the boy will face sex abuse charges if his paternity is proven.

Last year, a 10-year-old Columbian girl gave birth to a baby girl. The 10-year-old was reportedly a member of the indigenous Wayuu tribe, known to have traditional customs of women giving birth at a young age.

 

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