A 10-year-old girl gave birth to a newborn in Spain and her mother doesn't understand why the world is fussing about it.
The baby was born last week in the city of Jerez de la Frontera whose parents, a 10-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, are of Romanian origin. According to Spanish newspapers, the 10-year-old mother moved to Spain three weeks ago before giving birth in a public hospital last week.
Medical staffers who treated the girl said they were told by her mother that giving birth at such a young age is common in their country.
Later it was reported that the girl and her mother are Romanian Gypsies, or Roma, whose customs allow girls to marry young even though that's against the law in Romania.
"That's the way we get married," the girl's mother told reporters Tuesday outside their apartment building.
The mother also said her daughter and her new grandchild will remain in Spain because the relationship with the child's father, a 13-year-old boy, has ended. He currently lives in Romania.
Spanish social welfare authorities are determining whether the family can provide for the newborn baby.
Top Youngest Mothers In History:
This 10-year-old mom may be a shocker, but she isn't the youngest mother recorded in history. Check out Ezinemark's list of the youngest mothers in history:
Lina Medina, age 5
(photo: Lina Medina pregnant)
Hilda Trujillo, age 9
Hilda Trujillo was third youngest mother to give birth at the age of nine. In November when Hilda came the Maternity Hospital of Obstetrician Rolando Colareta, she was checked by a team of 16 obstetricians, gland specialists, radiologists, psychiatrists and general practitioners. After one month on December 1957, she gave birth to a baby girl. Her 22 year old cousin was arrested for rape.
Wanwisa Janmuk, age 9
In February 2001, Wanwisa Janmuk , a Thai person, became youngest Asian mother. Moreover, the world's forth youngest mother was married to a 26 year old man.