On January 27, 2013, a nine-year-old girl gave birth to a 5.95 pounds (2.7 Kilograms) baby girl in Zoquipan Hospital, in Zapopan, Mexico’s western Jalisco state.
The girl identified by The Telegraph as “Dafne” lives with her parents and 10 siblings in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, a poverty-stricken neighborhood 25 miles south of Guadalajara.
Lino Ginzalez Corona, a spokesperson at Jalisco State Prosecutor’s office who spoke to the 9-year-old girl said in a press conference that the young mother describes a loving relationship as the cause of her pregnancy. However, the authorities doubt the girl’s story and are looking into a possibility of rape or child sex.
According to Agence France-Presse, the girl’s mother told the authorities that an absconding 17-year old boy made her daughter pregnant. The teenager could face a number of charges depending on how the authorities classify the case – as rape, child sexual abuse, or corruption of a minor once the authorities arrest him and prove his paternity.
The mother of the little girl, treated last week for a full-term pregnancy, lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Jalisco (CEDHJ) that the doctors had applied an intrauterine device (IUD) on her daughter.
An intrauterine device is the most widely used form of reversible contraception where a small ‘T’-shaped device containing either copper or progesterone is inserted into the uterus.
Dr. Enrique Solorio Rabago, the CEO of Zoquipan Hospital denied the allegation. He said, “The little girl when admitted had contractions and their medical team assessed her condition. Due to her young age and to the fact that her body was not ready to give birth, the medical team decided a C-Section was the best option for both mother and child.”
In an interview with MILLENNIUM Rabago said: “An apparently healthy infant was born. We deny that there is an intrauterine device.”
He added that he was in contact with CEDHJ; and has submitted all documentation with the signatures of the mother authorizing the various medical procedures performed on her daughter.
In recent times, only a few births among children this young have come to light including a 10-year-old Colombian girl who gave birth last year, and a 9-year-old Chinese girl who gave birth to a healthy baby boy in 2010.
- Girl, 9, Gives Birth in Mexico (abcnews.go.com)
- 9-year-old gives birth: Officials are looking for the 17-year-old father (examiner.com)
- 9-year-old girl in western Mexico gives birth (earththreats.com)
- Rechaza Hospital de Zoquipan colocación de DIU en menor de 9 años (milenio.com)