AP: 9-year-old girl gives birth in Mexico

The Associated Press is reporting that a 9-year-old has given birth in Mexico.

From The Associated Press via The Washington Post:

“Mexican authorities say a 9-year-old girl has given birth in western Mexico and they are looking for the purported father, a 17-year-old.

“Jalisco state police spokesman Lino Gonzalez says the baby girl was born last week at a hospital in the city of Guadalajara. He says the girl and her baby are doing well

“Gonzalez said Wednesday that the girl’s family alerted authorities after she gave birth and the alleged father has not been seen since in the neighborhood the both live in. He says that if the teenager’s paternity is proven he could face child sex abuse charges.

“Gonzalez says the girl told authorities the teenager was her boyfriend.”

Thoughts? Comments? Do you buy it? Should the boy be charged with sex abuse? Do you put the baby up for adoption?

43 comments Add your comment

Byenkya Evelyn

February 7th, 2013
12:48 am

Why should the baby be adopted? the mother is there and what she needs is financial support only, she should be left with her baby and the boy shouldn’t be charged with anything since he is also a minor. they are all child-parents

Seahare

February 7th, 2013
12:54 am

Sexual age of consent varies according to state, however all states agree consent can not be given by those under the age of 12. The 17 year old should be charged with sexual abuse.

bubba

February 7th, 2013
6:40 am

Where is the link for Dadmania, A Blog for Busy Dads?

A Realist

February 7th, 2013
7:18 am

The father is on his way to hiding in plain sight in the USA. Citizenship and tax-free living awaits him.

Jeff

February 7th, 2013
7:47 am

Sounds like a headline stolen from the old National Enquirer.

But realistically, this is probably commonplace in more countries than you would like to think all over the world.

homeschooler

February 7th, 2013
7:51 am

Byenkya Evelyn. Are you serious? Surely you’re kidding. A 17 yr old is essentially and ADULT and should be charged at the very least with child molestation if not rape. SHE’S 9! Her parents should adopt the child or give the baby up since they already have 11 children that they apparently can not appropriately supervise. In fact, scratch that. Take the baby and charge the parents with child deprivation. This is horrible. This child can not consent to sex. SHE’S 9. I’m the first to recognize that a lot of hispanic teenagers are more mature than American teenagers but this is a child. So sad!

Parent

February 7th, 2013
7:58 am

If this happened in the United States, they should both be charged with Statutory Rape. Since he is under 18, he could not legally consent to having sex with this 9-year-old girl, so she raped him. Of course, the same applies to her, so he raped her also. The trouble is that statutory rape is almost always applied to the male in cases where both are under age. So much for non-discrimination.

Parent

February 7th, 2013
7:59 am

A better headline: 9 year old girls in Mexico ( and maybe in Atlanta) are routinely having sex.

Mayhem

February 7th, 2013
8:14 am

Has a 9 year even started her period? Does she have breasts? She’s in 2nd, possibly 3rd grade. I’m not buying this for one second. What parent allows this? What parent allows their 9 year old to date a 17 year old? I don’t buy it. Not true.

DB

February 7th, 2013
8:20 am

The 17 year old should have his ass thrown in jail — if she’s 9 now, that means she was probably 8 or just turned nine when he had sex with her. Of course, at the time, he was probably 16 . . . no one in this scenario sounds like they are working with a full mental capacity.

No matter how you spin this, it’s a sick tragedy. I would opt for adoption, but apparently even a silly, stupid 8/9 year old with a 17 year old boyfriend gets to make life and death decisions about other human beings.

homeschooler

February 7th, 2013
8:23 am

My blood is boiling. What part of she is 9 yrs old do you people not understand? Are you parents? Have you ever HAD a 9 yr old child? My 9 yr old daughter barely knows what sex is. And you are wrong, “Parent”. A 17 yr old who raped a 9 yr old in most states in the US would be charged with rape. Not even statutory rape because of the age difference. In Georgia the legal age of consent is 16. I am sickened that anyone would think that this child actually consented to this. If she liked the 17 yr old, as many 9 yr old girls might and he told her that he was her boyfriend and this is what boyfriends and girlfriends do, she would think it was okay. It is still child molestation and rape. I don’t know what the laws in Mexico are but any sensible law enforcement and judicial system in the US would charge this guy. I’ve seen many 17 yr olds charged with having sex with 12-14 yr olds. Sometimes I have a problem with it and sometimes I don’t. Depends on the situation. But anyone who has sex with a 9 yr old is a pedophile. Including a 17 yr old. I’m baffled at the ignorance of the first few comments here. Hopefully someone with some sense will join the discussion.

DB

February 7th, 2013
8:30 am

@Mayhem — yes, an 8 or 9 year old can have periods, although it’s not common. Youngest mother on record was a Peruvian girl of 5. According to studies, Mexican American girls usually start their periods earlier than American girls, and while less than 10% of American girls start their periods before age 11 — it does happen.

Mayhem

February 7th, 2013
8:32 am

Hold on there Homeschooler……you said “I’ve seen many 17 years olds charged with having sex with 12-14 yr olds……sometimes I have a problem and sometimes I don’t?”

WTH????? How could you NOT have a problem with a 12 year old having sex?????? I’m a bit baffled by that comment……

homeschooler

February 7th, 2013
8:41 am

No, that’s not what I mean Mayhem. I’m always upset about the having sex part even if they are 13, 14 or 15. What I mean is that we have some cases where a 16 yr old and 12 yr olds hang out together, maybe she is a very mature 12 yr old and he is a very immature 16 yr old. They live in the same apt. complex, hang out with a variety of kids between 12 and 16 and they have sex. He can be charged and his life ruined. If you saw how grown up some of these 12 yr old girls are and how immature some of the boys are you would understand. It just doesn’t seem right. I’m sometimes upset about the being charged part. Always upset that the 12 yr old had sex!
Recently we had a little girl who was 15, her mom had been deported and she was living with her 21 yr old boyfriend. You would never believe the girl was not an adult. She was so mature, running a household and going to school. She gave birth and came to the attention of the authorities. It was very hard to rationally process that this man had had sex with a 14 yr old and YES that is a crime and he should be charged but they were a family and seemed so happy together. She and her baby went into foster care and the man was arrested. It was very very sad but, on the other hand, he knew it was a crime to have sex with a 14 yr old and he chose to do so. Some things are not black and white but we need to have laws.

Mayhem

February 7th, 2013
8:51 am

@Homeschooler – Thank you for clearing that up for me…. :))

motherjanegoose

February 7th, 2013
8:54 am

I CANNOT imagine a 9 year old being a parent. WOW. Some, I know, forget to brush their teeth! Many cannot even keep up with their own things much less a human life. Sad.

Razz

February 7th, 2013
8:54 am

Mayhem, I started my period at 9 (of course I had no idea what was happening!)

Bob Loblaw

February 7th, 2013
9:32 am

Bob Loblaw

February 7th, 2013
9:34 am

Warning the pic of the 5 year old may be disturbing if you click the link. I’m sure TLC will have a show on this soon.

Decatur Guy

February 7th, 2013
9:36 am

“Thoughts? Comments? Do you buy it? Should the boy be charged with sex abuse? Do you put the baby up for adoption?”

PLEASE FIRE THIS PERSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Decatur Guy

February 7th, 2013
9:37 am

“Do you buy it?”

What kind of retarded question is this? How are you employed by the AJC?

jarvis

February 7th, 2013
9:40 am

Yes he should be charged. Was that rhetorical?

A

February 7th, 2013
9:58 am

Why are the authorities only looking for the father *after* the poor girl gave birth? No child should have to go through this. And I realize Mexico is a predominantly Catholic country, but couldn’t they have made an exception to terminate the pregnancy when the “mother” is herself a child? The sad thing is these things seem to happen too often.

motherjanegoose

February 7th, 2013
10:07 am

Folks…it is a free country ( so far today). If you do not like what TWG posts you CAN start your own blog. You can also write your own book/article or start speaking publicly…as I do. Many here say they cannot stand me…that is FINE as others ( who know me) are willing to pay me. If you are not signing TWG’s paycheck then what are you complaining about? I do not eat at Mc Donald’s …I simply stay away. I do not complain at their store. Decatur…stop whining here and make a formal statement to the AJC. We will check in next week and see how that went.

Techmom

February 7th, 2013
10:08 am

What a sad situation. Even if this girl is quite mature and could take care of a baby (she’s probably helped raise her younger siblings), there’s a difference between being able to provide the very basic of necessities and being able to raise a productive member of society when you’re only a child yourself. She will likely receive no further education and perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

Do I believe it? Unfortunately, yes.
Should the father be charged? Absolutely. There’s no way this 9 year old fully understood the implications of having sex.
Should the baby be put up for adoption? I think more importantly the question is, would the family even consider this? The culture of families is different in most Hispanic counties and even if they really cannot afford another mouth to feed, I doubt they’ll give the baby up. This child probably didn’t really understand that having sex would produce a baby, I doubt she understands what adoption is either.

Erin

February 7th, 2013
10:16 am

I read a story yesterday where it said nobody was really aware of what was going on, that this girl was pregnant, until she was in her seventh month.

How it’s possible NOBODY noticed anything was going on mystifies me. I can see how the girl herself might not want to admit anything was going on or even REALIZE what was going on with her body … but how could NOBODY else notice anything?

I’d sincerely hope the family puts the child up for adoption … with so many children of their own, they have a full plate. I also hope they can arrange for some sort of counseling or something for the girl. I think the whole family could benefit from some counseling, actually.

non committal mind reader

February 7th, 2013
10:18 am

You people are judging a third world situation by U.S. first world standards. Our rules do not apply. For example, a 10 year old in Columbia had a baby last year, or a couple years ago. The tribe that she came from said that this was not unheard of… it is ACCEPTED in her tribe.

I have news for you folks: until a little more than 100 years ago, an legal age of 18 was unheard of. When the average life expectancy of a woman was to late 30s/early 40s, a woman had to start having babies as early as possible if she wanted to see them to adulthood before she died. And here is the kicker: our antibiotics are failing. The SINGLE thing that has increased our lifespans has been antibiotics. Without them, our life expectancy will plunge once again, and this is likely to occur IN OUR LIFETIME. The FIRST laws to be rescinded will be the age of consent laws, because women will (once again) need to start having babies as early as 13/14. Our western sensibilities are going to have a rude awakening. So before all you high and mighty types rail on about children and rape and babies, consider the future. If you are 30 today, whether or not you have great grandchildren may depend on your granddaughter having a child at 13 years of age… and I am COMPLETELY serious. And if you don’t believe me about the possibility of ALL of our antibiotics failing in less than 20 years, just start googling. Barring some new method of drug creation, bacteria will once again be our new worst enemy.

HB

February 7th, 2013
10:52 am

Non committal mind reader, the family notified the authorities. The authorities have said the father will be charged if paternity is proven. Clearly, folks in Guadalajara do not find it acceptable for a 17-year-old to prey on a 9-year-old despite what you may have read about one community in Colombia (which is nowhere near western Mexico, by the way).

bubba

February 7th, 2013
10:57 am

Re: “Folks…it is a free country ( so far today). If you do not like what TWG posts you CAN start your own blog. ”

And since “it is a free country”
All of us who think that this column is generally garbage can state that opinion.

Anyone know where the statue of Cynthia Tucker is located?

MANGLER

February 7th, 2013
11:07 am

Too many unanswered issues based on this article to answer all of the questions. The mental ability or stability of the 17 year old, the 9 year old, and possibly her parents need to be examined, as well as the Education levels and socioeconomic conditions of all involved. I can’t pass upper class suburban Southern judgement onto people who may not be living in conditions anywhere related to those that are dominant here. If they are devoutly religious, that could explain why they didn’t stop the pregnancy or why the girl wasn’t using protection or knew much about sex in the first place. If they are farmers that could explain why the parents have so many kids in the first place.
Should the 17 year old be charged with anything? Totally depends on the laws in Jalisco, not on the opinions of Georgians.

Mayhem

February 7th, 2013
11:19 am

I really don’t put much stock into the media these days.

jarvis

February 7th, 2013
11:58 am

HB, Don’t argue with your facts from the story with “non committal mind reader”. He wants none of that.

Just sayin

February 7th, 2013
12:00 pm

Ok seriously how can any of you think that this is ok. It stated that she was 8 when she became pregnant. I hve and eight year old daughter and let me tell you that bast@rd would be dead as heck if he touched her. I don’t give a dang how mature she seems she was EIGHT!!. She was basically lured in by a child molester who will probably go on to molest others. This is rape no matter how you shape it. Just because other cultures still allow it doesn’t mean that it’s not wrong. Other cultures still allow male family members to kill a female for dishonor if believe she is anywhere alone with a non-family member male. Just in the same room..no sex. I guess that’s ok too. I can believe that they didn’t think she was having sex. I mean who among you that are parents would think your 8 year old is even thinking about that. I wouldn’t. This doesn’t mean I don’t talk to her about inappropriate touching by anyone (male, female, adult, teenager, or child).

Phil's lover

February 7th, 2013
12:18 pm

I see a lot of pedofiles have joined the conversation.

Y’all are sick.

The appropriate response is to take the baby away and adopt it out, provide counseling for the CHILD/Mom, and shoot the 17 year old in the balls.

Then you find the 9 year old’s parents and you jail/shoot them as well.

This is sick.

bob

February 7th, 2013
12:46 pm

The girl was to young to think straight. If she were using her head she would have waded the Rio Grande and had an anchor baby.

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Sunny

February 7th, 2013
1:35 pm

I have 3 girls and this absolutely sickens me!! This is wrong on so many levels!! First off, how could the parents have let this happen to their 9 yr old??!! And of course, he should be charged and locked up, hes sick!! Furthermore, no 9 yr old can take care of a baby! A 9 yr old is a baby. I didn’t even think it was physically possible for a 9 yr old to conceive…..just horrible. The parents should be charged for child neglect and the 17 yr old should be charged with rape.

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DB

February 7th, 2013
2:32 pm

“If they are devoutly religious, that could explain why they didn’t stop the pregnancy or why the girl wasn’t using protection or knew much about sex in the first place.” Umm . . . they aren’t THAT devout, if a 9 year old thinks having sex is ok. She said that the 17 year old was her “boyfriend” — so, yeah, “devout” isn’t the word I’d use in this situation.

catlady

February 7th, 2013
2:48 pm

How was a nine year old UNSUPERVISED ENOUGH that this COULD happen? Parents and 17 year old should be jailed. Perhaps “fix” the 17 year old so he can’t find another child victim.

catlady

February 7th, 2013
2:56 pm

Anyone care to guess what we will be hearing about the baby in ten or twelve years? Yep, she will be having a “premature” baby.

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Ann

February 14th, 2013
1:32 am

The latest news report on this details that the girl is actually between the age of 12 and 13 (not 9, as the parents originally stated) and that she was impregnated by her stepfather, not the teenage boyfriend. See http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/officials-year-mother-12-18495818