AP: 9-year-old who gave birth actually 12 or 13, more twists

Authorities in Mexico have discovered that the girl who gave birth two weeks ago is between 12 to 13, and not actually 9 as her parents said.

Also, the Jalisco state prosecutors say the girl was impregnated by her stepfather and not her alleged 17-year-old boyfriend.

From The Associated Press:

…“Authorities announced last week that a 9-year-old had given birth to a baby girl and that they were looking for her boyfriend.

“But prosecutors said Wednesday that DNA tests revealed the baby’s father is the girl’s 44-year-old stepfather and that he is under arrest.

“They said an anthropological study of the girl showed she is between 12 and 13. The girls’ parents didn’t have a birth certificate for her and initially told authorities she was 9.”

ABC News had more details.

“The girl, identified as Dafne, was impregnated by her 44-year-old stepfather, according to Lino Gonzalez Corona, a spokesman for the Jalisco State Prosecutor’s Office. The stepfather is under arrest after admitting to having his first sexual encounter with Dafne in April 2012 and a second in June.

“Dafne’s mother was unaware of the sexual relationship, according to Corona. She thought the baby’s father was a 17-year-old boy whom her daughter had met at a local market. She learned of the pregnancy in November 2012, two months before Dafne delivered a healthy baby girl by C-section Jan. 27, 2013.

“ ‘Due to her young age and to the fact that her body was not ready to give birth,’ said Dr. Enrique Rabago, director of Zoquipan Hospital, “the medical team decided a C-Section was the best option” for both mother and child.”

The article also says the medical team decided to insert a contraceptive implant to avoid pregnancy. He said the implant was a flexible rod inserted in the upper arm. It works up to three years.

So what do you think? Are you surprised the stepfather is the father, according to the prosecutors? Are you surprised that the girl is older according to the tests? What do you think about giving the girl a C-section? What do you think about inserting birth control?

40 comments Add your comment

Jeff

February 15th, 2013
7:23 am

I’m surprised you actually bought into the story TWG. You’re better than this.

Mayhem

February 15th, 2013
8:01 am

That’s just sick! 44 year old man and his 12 year old step daughter. If I were the mother, that man would be DEAD!!!! I’d be the one in court, facing a murder trial. You don’t touch my kid!! End of story.

K's Mom

February 15th, 2013
8:06 am

Why is the csection an issue? I have had two and sure do wish I had not gone through 40 hours of labor the first time. People who think csections are an issue have issues.

The issue is this kid was taken advantage of and her stepfather should be in jail. The other issue is that the girl’s age was lied about probably to gain more attention. My guess is the mom knew way more than she wants anyone to believe.

Marilyn

February 15th, 2013
8:34 am

No I’m not surprise that the step-father is the father and he needs to stay in jail, also C=section were the right choice.

Sluggo

February 15th, 2013
8:37 am

Today’s blog topic?

Controversial and disturbing?
Yes.

Relevant to everyday family life?
No.

Cue rant from Bubba about today’s subject matter.

Decatur Guy

February 15th, 2013
8:44 am

“So what do you think?”

I think the AJC is getting ripped off by keeping you on the payroll.

homeschooler

February 15th, 2013
8:51 am

Not surprised about any of this, particularly the step father being the father of the baby.

@ Jeff, I’m not sure why someone would not buy the story. It’s rare but 9 yr olds have given birth. It’s not unheard of. I was skeptical about her having a 17 yr old “boyfriend” but not surprised she got pregnant.

I’m sure this is a very remote area of Mexico. I have come across people from these areas who have no idea how old they are. They don’t keep up with their children’s birth dates etc.. It seems strange to us but none of this surprises me. Didn’t this family have like 11 kids? Maybe they just forgot when exactly this one was born. And why do we think the anthropological study is more accurate than the parent’s account? Maybe she’s close to 11 or something. Maybe she has developed early. I don’t see any reason someone would want attention because their 9 yr old got pregnant.

The whole thing is disturbing but not one bit surprising . 12 yr olds are getting pregnant by their step father’s and other men regularly in the states. We need to make sure kids are aware of sexual abuse and how to tell if it’s happening to them.

homeschooler

February 15th, 2013
8:53 am

I’d love to know what the complainers would like to talk about. As a mom I enjoy a light topic followed by one that is thought provoking. It seems some are never happy. Ya’ know. I stay away from the sports blogs because I couldn’t care less about sports. Perhaps others should stay away from Mom blogs if they are not interested in parenting/children/daily life of a family etc..

bubba

February 15th, 2013
9:08 am

No further comment needed

It is what it is

baaa baaaa

RJ

February 15th, 2013
9:09 am

Whatever the age, this is a sad situation. The new revelation makes it even sadder. Unfortunately, this type of thing happens everywhere. I feel so sorry for both babies (mom and child).

@K’s Mom, C-sections are the worse! I sat down and cried at the thought of having another one when I was pregnant with my second. I was able to do a VBAC, and do another one with my youngest. I have never understood anyone choosing to do a c-section. Although I was young when I had my first, the recovery was hell. I would never opt to have one unless it’s what is absolutely necessary. This kid did need to have a c-section. She’s just too young for childbirth.

Denise

February 15th, 2013
9:53 am

I don’t give a flip how old this CHILD is or whether the sex was “consensual” or not. It is sad that a child had a child.

homeschooler is right, I think, about the possibility that the family may have just made a mistake about the child’s age. This has been the case in older Black families. People do not know how old they are. Think they are one age and find out when they are older they are a different age, or find out they have a different birth day than they believed.

At any rate, I am sad for this child. I hope her mother makes the right decision and does not allow this child-molesting man back in her home…unless she plans to shoot him. She did not protect her daughter before but she knows now and she needs to protect her now. If not then she should be jailed as well.

I think the C-section was the right thing to do – though I have no experience in it – because I would be afraid of what would happen to her body. Poor child.

Mayhem

February 15th, 2013
9:59 am

How many children have suffered because Momma had to have a man in her life?

How many women out there put themselves first, and their children second/last?

Digusting. All her kids should be taken away from her.

A mother’s #1 priority is protecting her children. This kind of story makes me want to go buy a gun, and hunt down these predators. Truly evil, bile & totally disgusting. Momma failed her child miserably, and should not be allowed to have any one of them in her home.

jarvis

February 15th, 2013
10:00 am

So where are the pedophiles from last week insisting that there was nothing wrong with a 9-year-old being pregnant?

I think their arguing point was that most of us were just projecting our U.S.-centric ideals of right and wrong, and that children having sex is normal in the 3rd world as it was in earlier human history.

“non commital mind reader” and “MANGLER” I’m looking at you.

jarvis

February 15th, 2013
10:02 am

bubba, you’re a d-bag.

motherjanegoose

February 15th, 2013
10:24 am

SO SAD! How do children stand up for themselves in this type of situation? I was at a school this week and the children were filing out of the classroom. A little girl came right back and she was in tears. We wondered what was up. She had left her coat in the room. She was shaking and quite upset. We found her coat and I told her that I leave things sometimes too…like my puppets. I hugged her and she calmed down a bit. If this child was that upset about a coat, how would they find the courage to tell on someone who is abusing them? This, I do not know.

@ RJ…opinions are opinions: I had a very successful c section with a quick recovery. I had a horrendously botched VBAC ( against my wishes) with a newborn with Erb’s Palsy. I was healthy all through both pregnancies and worked up until 5 days prior. I certainly would choose a C-section and recommend it too. I am too old now for any of that….hoorah!

Jmo

February 15th, 2013
10:43 am

Dear AJC,

This column was gone downhill very quickly over the past several months. Just look at the topics covered in the last few weeks. Many sensationalistic or idiotic topics have been discussed, and the comments reveal the frustration among her readers. She is also not local anymore, so she is no longer really connected to parenting issues in the Atlanta metro area. I have nothing against the author of the blog–in fact, I used to really enjoy reading it. But her heart doesn’t seem to be in this anymore, and it shows. There must be local moms and dads who are both better writers and better at selecting blog topics that are not just sensationalized or silly.

RJ

February 15th, 2013
10:46 am

@MJG, I never said opinions weren’t opinions. I stated that I don’t know why anyone would WANT a c-section. Your assumption is mine wasn’t successful. Well, it was successful. If you had a “botched” delivery (whatever that is!), you should’ve seen an attorney. The reality is that c-sections are major surgery and used too often. That is a fact, not an opinion. The down time is longer than for a vaginal delivery. There can always be complications with child delivery, however I would NEVER, EVER, EVER recommend that someone CHOOSE a c-section. I know women that have planned them around their schedule. Really?! Not cool. I’m not too old since I just gave birth a year ago, but we’re finally done since hubby went and got snipped. I kinda wish he hadn’t.

Mayhem

February 15th, 2013
10:55 am

Deaer Jmo – you need to send that letter to the editor, not a comment on the blog.

catlady

February 15th, 2013
11:02 am

Mom knew. She knew the girl’s age. She knew about her husband. She is just trying not to get into trouble.

OK DB, or was it HB......

February 15th, 2013
11:03 am

…(I get my B’s mixed up) – are you still standing by your story about the 5 year old girl who you said gave birth, too?

And, I, RJ......

February 15th, 2013
11:07 am

…don’t understand why any woman would choose a vaginal delivery over a c-section! Yes, recovery is longer for a section, and, yes, it is MAJOR surgery. However, complications are far less likely, and far more handled expediently IF complications arise – I just cannot fathom why anyone would risk their child getting stuck in the birth canal and sucking air( and other “stuff”) and possibly dying because some woman wanted to be macho and have a “regular” birthing process…

catlady

February 15th, 2013
11:08 am

homeschooler@8:51: It is called “sympathy money” and lots of folks play the game.

Becky

February 15th, 2013
11:43 am

I’m in agreement with Mayhem’s first post..I would be in jail..No questions about it..Also agree that that is a big issue, women that feel that they have to have a man in their life..I would rather be alone by myself, than alone with someone..No man will ever come before my 2..My husband knows this and feels the same way..Yes, I love him, but would never choose him over the kids..Just my opinion..

@Denise..Not sure if I missed something, but where did it say that the “relationship” was consensual? How can it be consensual when there is a 9 year old involved? Even if she said that it was, I would never believe it..A 9 year old shouldn’t know enough about sex to be in this type of “relationship”..

@MJG..Wow, sad about that little girl feeling that way..I try to tell my two every day that they don’t have to hide anything from me..No matter how bad they think it might be..

TinaTeach

February 15th, 2013
12:24 pm

Anyone who knows anything about the medical establishment in Mexico will know that most hospitals have an 80% plus c-section rate. I hated my c-section ( a crash c-section where you sign the consent paperwork AFTERWARDS) and I had a successful and quick VBAC.

That is neither here nor there though.

At her age a c-section was probably correct but we will never know, the doctors are the ones who made that judgement call.

That the step-father is the father is not a horrible surprise and neither is the girls age. If she wasn’t born at a hospital there is less likely to be a birth certificate and a record of birth.

I’m less comfortable with the insertion of birth control. But at least it wasn’t a permanent sterilization like initially reported.

RJ

February 15th, 2013
12:45 pm

So, now I’m macho! Get a life! I CHOSE to have a VAGINAL deli:very because the recovery was HELL! My VBACs were BETTER THAN WONDERFUL! No complications, easier recovery which meant I was better able to take care of my baby. I fought tooth and nail not to have a c-section this last time and I won. Two pushes and she was here! Do what you want. Unfortunately I’m done having kids. But I will always encourage women to have vaginal deliveries. Based on my experience, conversations with friends that are ob-gyns, and reading, I stand by my advice. Deuces!

K's Mom

February 15th, 2013
12:47 pm

I wanted my second csection and if I had it to do over again, I would have skipped the 40 hours of labor the first time and gone straight for the csection. I was up and around in less than 12 hours and I felt great in about 3 days both times. Plus I got to stay in the hospital for 5 nights and rest and heal myself before being at home with a brand new baby.

So…I am the person raising my hand saying I would sign up for a csection over and over!

Not surprised

February 15th, 2013
1:12 pm

Why the arguing over these feral animals?

MANGLER

February 15th, 2013
1:22 pm

Hi Jarvis,
What part of what I said last week bothers you? We, in the conservative South, live by certain laws and certain moral codes that don’t always coincide with every other corner of the planet. So sitting here, in Atlanta, using that metric to judge someone who does not live in Atlanta, is flawed. Rural communities function differently than urban ones (just drive 20 minutes outside of Atlanta for proof of that). About the only thing that mining towns in West Virginia have in common with Los Angeles is the use of electricity and asphalt. Every region has different living conditions and standards and values. This is a family that doesn’t know the age of their children. You expect them to be like you?

All that hogwash aside … I don’t personally approve of a 9 year old getting pregnant, and I wouldn’t want my 12 or 13 year old getting pregnant either. The concept of it being by a 17 year old boyfriend is much easier to stomach than it being the Stepfather, regardless of his age. That could be pawned off as 2 kids being careless and not understanding what could happen. The 44 year old could meet an untimely passing and I would not lose sleep over it.
As for the C section, Doctors made that decision and it was in the interest of both the Mother and the child. How can that be bad?
The insertion of the contraceptive however, seems like the cart after the horse. But again, not my family, not my Country, not my business.

motherjanegoose

February 15th, 2013
1:35 pm

comment gone…not re-typing

Denise

February 15th, 2013
2:48 pm

@Becky – last week, or when the initial article was discussed, there was discussion that the father was her 17 year old boyfriend and that in some cultures a 9 year old having a baby was almost normal. I agree that a 9 year old cannot consent here but the discussion was that in other cultures and societies it may not be illegal or considered wrong…in THOSE societies.

Do not confuse my reference to that conversation with my agreement that a 9 year old can consent to sex – or anything else – in any society. And certainly do not mistakingly assume that I don’t believe that if the 17 year old was the father, as we initially were told, that he needed to be prosecuted just as the father does.

Brown Eyed Girl!

February 15th, 2013
2:56 pm

After 25 hours of labor and my doctor telling me I was in store for about ten more hours, I chose to have a c-section. Yes, I did feel like they cut me in half. Yes, it did take some time to recover. But my son was two weeks late and had had a bowel movement. I wanted him to get here and to be healthy. When I became pregnant with my second son, my doctor told me my first labor was prolonged because the baby couldn’t get into the birth canal and help the process. I told her immediately that I wanted a c-section with my son. I wish I could have had vaginal births because maybe I wouldn’t have this skin pouch. But its was a small price to pay for two healthy boys. I have no problem whatsoever with a person opting for c-section!

Becky

February 15th, 2013
3:00 pm

@Denise..If I gave you the impression that I thought you were thinking it was ok, sorry about that..I was just asking where did I miss the part about it being consensual..I haven’t been reading the blog for a while and wasn’t aware of an earlier topic about it.. I wasn’t assuming anything, just asking a question..

DB

February 15th, 2013
5:15 pm

I’m with RJ — I had a c-section with my first, and I was soooo glad to have a VBAC with my second one. The c-section, in my case, knocked me off my feet for weeks. There are complications possible with ANY delivery, so let’s just set aside the “one is better than the other” — it is very much a function of what is best for the mother and for the baby. If the doctor on the case decided that a c-section was best for these children (mother and baby), then who am I to second-guess him from a thousand mile away? The implant, however, is interesting — I wonder if that was a decision made by the doctor, the mother or the baby-mother.

Momcat

February 15th, 2013
9:57 pm

Loved my c sections…. I had three. No complications. Had 3 great rests in the hospital. Built up my milk supply. Quick recovery. Was walking the halls 12 hours after the surgery. That was key to a quick recovery.

Jane W.

February 16th, 2013
10:49 am

Perhaps the more interesting aspect of the story is the angst some on this blog feel … that this is even being discussed.

And the continuing attempt by a handfull (or the same person under several aliases?) to discredit the blog moderator is just plain silly.

Denise

February 16th, 2013
2:16 pm

@Becky – No worries. I just didn’t want you to think I’d lost my mind. :-)

sam

February 16th, 2013
4:47 pm

I would like to see contraceptive implants in an awful lot of teenagers.

Don H.

February 16th, 2013
11:59 pm

Stories like this serve to remind us that Mexico is a very different culture.

GardenDiva

February 17th, 2013
6:16 pm

@and, I, RJ – Perhaps you should do some research before you make asinine remarks like the ones at 11:07 on Feb 15!

Yes, C-sections ARE major abdominal surgery and, as such, pose much greater risks of things such as DEATH, infection, abnormal placental development in subsequent pregnancies and blood clots or hemorrhage.

Wanting a vaginal delivery is not being “macho”. It is expecting things to happen as nature designed. It is knowing that you can pay now (with a little bit of discomfort) or pay after a section (with a lot of discomfort or one of the complications mentioned above). Both of my deliveries were natural. My second child weighed 9 lb, 3 oz at birth. I left the hospital about 2 hours after he was born. Macho? No. Healthy, whole, and wanting to remove us both from the hospital experience asap? Yes.

I do understand the necessity of c-sections. I don’t think that I am more of a woman than someone who had to have a c-section. However, I really don’t understand anyone who would elect to have one when it was not medically necessary.

Dre Day

February 21st, 2013
2:36 pm

That Bullcrap is more common than we think. And not in Mexico, but right here in Good Ole America.