10 Year-Old Girl Gives Birth: Could This Be a Child Abuse Case?

A 10-year-old has given birth to a healthy baby last week, becoming one of the world's youngest mothers on record. The father of the baby born to a 10-year-old girl in Spain is only 13 himself, her family said Wednesday.

The girl from Romania, whose name is Elena, bore a 6-pound, 6-ounce girl named Nicoletta in Jerez, Spain, the Daily Mail of London reported.

Elena flew to Spain from Romania three weeks ago to give birth and attend a family wedding. Her family said she is no longer involved with the boy.

They are now staying with relatives in Lebrija in southwestern Spain.

Neither mother nor child, who are expected to stay indoors for 40 days after the birth under Roma tradition, has been seen in public.

But the baby's grandmother, Olimpia, said the family was "ecstatic." She said, "Elena and Nicoletta will stay in Spain because her relationship with the baby's father has ended. They've separated."

"Elena is very happy with her child. We're very happy; for us it's not a drama. These things are normal in our country. Girls get married at 10 so we don't understand why people are so surprised."


Under Spanish law, having consensual sex with someone under age 13 is classified as child abuse. But according to a Justice Ministry official, this particular case is complicated, because the alleged father is not in Spain and is also a minor. At this point it is still unclear as to whether he could be charged, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of ministry policy.

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