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Friday, May 12, 2006


There is a young womanin Scotland who is getting ready to give birth to her first child. She is hoping for a boy, and she can't wait to take him (or her) swimming and for walks. Sounds... normal, right? Sweet. Endearing.

Well, yeah... except that the girl in question is twelve.
A girl is to become Britain's youngest mother after becoming pregnant at 11.

...She conceived aged 11 when she lost her virginity to a boy of 15 on a drunken night out with friends.

The 15-year-old has since been charged with rape by police, and is due to appear again at Edinburgh sheriff court on July 10. Her 34-year-old mother, who gave birth to her youngest child eight months ago, said she was 'proud' of her daughter.

She will be 12 years and 8 months when she has the child next month. Jenny Teague, Britain's youngest mother until now, was a month older when she gave birth in 1997.
When you read the article, you find out some other... interesting tidbits... Like she began smoking at age 9, and drinking at age 10. She smokes 20 cigarettes a day, and she's been suspended from school for fighting. I guess this was the next logical step, right?

Like I said, she's excited about the birth of her baby. She thinks she's ready because she's watched her younger siblings. She knows how to give a baby a bottle and change a diaper. She gets panicky and cries when she thinks about the baby getting sick, though... and she doesn't like giving babies baths. Oh, yeah... she's ready.

Her mom is proud of her for keeping the baby- saying that she can hold her head high. While I am eternally grateful that this child did not abort her baby (which was recommended by a social worker), I cannot help but think that the baby might be better off in a different, more stable home. I mean, if this girl's mother couldn't control what her kids do (or did it not bother her that her child chain smokes and drinks???), then I can't imagine that her 12 year old will do much different.

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