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Nine-year-old Mexican girl gives birth via C-section

By Robin Okuthe     Feb 7, 2013 in World
Mexico - A nine-year-old girl in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco has given birth and authorities are searching for the alleged 17-year-old father who has reportedly disappeared, Mexican authorities said Wednesday.
Jalisco state police spokesman Lino Gonzalez said the baby girl, who at birth weighed 2.7 kilos (5.7 pounds) and measured 50 centimeters (20 inches), was born last week at a hospital in the city of Guadalajara.
According to officials from Occidente General Hospital, the girl, identified as Dafne, delivered via a Cesarean section, as it was “safer for the mother and baby.”
During her pregnancy, Dafne was not seen by doctors and was almost in labor when she arrived at the hospital, said Enrique Rabago, director of the hospital.
"It is dismaying that a young girl became pregnant. You shouldn't be pregnant at this age," Rabago told told AFP, adding that Dafne and her baby were discharged in good condition though an extensive followup would be crucial in the coming days given her age.
According to reports, Dafne comes from an extended family in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, a humble village some 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Guadalajara.
"There are 11 siblings. Apparently their parents are separated and there was little care by the mother with so many children," a source told AFP. "With the birth, (Dafne's mother) and grandmother are taking care of things now."
“Dafne became pregnant at eight,” her mother told reporters, "the father is 17, but we have not seen him since he ran away.”
Gonzalez said the girl’s family alerted authorities after she gave birth, adding that the purported father had since disappeared.
Sources in the Jalisco state prosecutor's office told AFP that the girl admitted they had consensual sex. It appears the girl and the teenager were a couple and that the latter had promised they would live together when he found out she was pregnant, but she refused.
Jorge Villasenor, an official at the prosecutor's office, termed the encounter a case of rape or child abuse and like Gonzalez, expressed that the teenager could face ‘child sex abuse charges’ if his paternity is confirmed.
"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," Villasenor said.
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