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9-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth in Mexico

| by Michael Allen
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A 9-year-old girl, identified only as 'Daphne,' recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl in Zapopan, Mexico.

"She was just over eight when she got pregnant," said Daphne's mother. "The father is a boy who is 17, but we have not found him since he ran away."

"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," said Jorge Villasenor of the state prosecutors' office.

According to HeraldSun.com.au, the 5.7 pound baby was born on January 27 at the Zoquipan Hospital. The mom, who recently turned nine, is reportedly doing well as is the baby.

Last year, it was reported by Opposing Views that a 10-year-old girl gave birth to a baby in Colombia. The girl was a member of the Wayuu tribe from the La Guajira Peninsula in Manaure, Colombia. The child gave birth to her baby daughter after 39 weeks via C-section.

“We've already seen similar cases of wayuu girls. At a time when [the girls] should be playing with dolls, they go to having to take care of a baby. It's shocking," said Efraín Pacheco Casadiego, director of the hospital where the girl gave birth.

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Colombian law guarantees the Wayuu land and autonomy, and allows for the indigenous tribe to maintain their own sovereignty.

Source: HeraldSun.com.au