GUADALAJARA, Mexico â€“ A 9-year-old girl in Mexico has given birth to a baby girl, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday. (Feb 7)
“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,” Jorge Villasenor with the state prosecutors’ office was quoted by Terra Noticias as saying.
The girl, who has been identified as Dafne, was just over 8 when she got pregnant, the mother of the girl told local officials in the western state of Jalisco, AFP reported.
The mother didn’t report the case to state authorities because she didn’t think it was a crime, Aristegui Noticias reported.
When the mother and her daughter arrived at the hospital for the birth, doctors informed the woman that her daughter may have been a victim of sexual assault. It was only then that state authorities were notified.
Mexico authorities blame parents of 9-year-old girl who gave birth to baby girl
Mexico health authorities have criticized the parents of a nine-year-old girl who gave birth to a baby girl last month for not reporting her pregnancy earlier.Â A senior health official in Mexico has criticized the parents of a nine-year-old girl, who gave birth last month, for not reporting her pregnancy as soon as they became aware of their daughterâ€™s situation.
Jose Antonio Munoz Serrano, secretary of health for the western state of Jalisco, where the girl lives, said the parents knew their daughter was pregnant for months and did not notify authorities despite her young age, El Universal reported.
Munoz Serrano said authorities were concerned about the girlâ€™s family, with whom she is living with her baby girl, CNN Mexico reported.Â â€œWe are worried that the girlâ€™s parents didnâ€™t notify the health sector about their daughterâ€™s pregnancy so that she could receive medical attention during her pregnancy,â€ he said.
The girl is one of 11 children living in the poverty stricken municipality of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, 25 miles south of Guadalajara, the Associated Press reported.Â CNN Mexico said the girl’s own birth was only registered in November 2011.
Lino Ginzalez Corona, a spokesperson at the state prosecutors’ office, told the AP that the girl claims she and the teenage boy were in a loving relationship and she didn’t realize she was pregnant until the seventh month.
The boy ran away after the girl refused to move in with him.Â Juan Martin Perez Garcia, executive director of the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico, told CNN Mexico the girl had been a victim of rape even if she had consented to the relationship.
Figures from the Network for the Rights of Children show there were 318 mothers aged 10 in Mexico in 2011. In Jalisco, 465 girls aged 10-14 were mothers.