A 12-year-old girl has given birth to her 13-year-old boyfriend’s baby, making them Britain’s youngest parents.
The girl, at 12 years, three months, is the UK’s youngest mother, after giving birth to a 7lb baby girl last weekend. She fell pregnant at 11, while still at primary school, shortly after starting a relationship with a boy who lives near her family home in north London, The Sun reports.
The parents, who cannot be identified due to legal reasons, have the lowest combined age of any British parents in history.
A source close to the family said the pair, who have been in a relationship for over a year, were ‘totally in love’ and plan to bring up their newborn daughter together. They told The Sun:
“Both sets of grandparents are incredibly supportive. It’s a very difficult situation because the parents are both so young – but their families are right behind them. The baby’s mum and dad have been in a relationship for more than year, so this isn’t a fleeting romance. They intend to stick together and bring their daughter up together.”
The young mother’s father later confirmed both sets of grandparents have been ‘very supportive’ of the young parents. The baby’s grandfather broke his silence to radio station LBC, admitting that both families only discovered the news when the unnamed girl was eight months pregnant:
“Before people judge they should find out what’s happened. All we can do is be supportive, which is what we’re doing. It is heartbreaking, of course it is. For any man to find out their daughter has become pregnant. It is but you can’t turn back time, you can only go forwards.”
The man, who is separated from his daughter’s mother, said they had not allowed the sexual relationship but said he could not watch his daughter 24/7. As a business owner he hit out at accusations the family were dependent on benefits and said: ‘We’re not scroungers. I will support this baby as much as I can with my own money.’
He described the new father as a ‘great kid’ and claimed he would prefer this situation to discovering his daughter had been taking drugs. When asked whether he was ashamed, he told LBC ‘shame doesn’t come into it’ and said he still felt ‘proud’ of his daughter. He added: ‘She’s brought something beautiful into the world and we’re going to stand by her.’
The proud parents posted a picture of them posing with their baby daughter online. The young mother, who lives with her mother, hopes to return to school in September. At 27, her mother is one of the UK’s youngest ever grandmothers.
As a youth worker there are so many context questions I want to ask about this news story, but it does make me come back to the importance of the church leading on SRE for our children and young people.