An 11-year-old Bolivian girl has given birth to a boy after going for a check-up over stomach pains at Murcia’s Virgen de La Arrixaca Hospital last Friday, and it’s emerged, subject to DNA tests, that the baby’s father is the girl’s 14-year-old brother.
The father has told the National Police that the two children had a sexual relationship when the boy was aged 13. That means the boy could not face any charges, as he had not reached the age of 14 when he could appear before a juvenile court.
The National Police are looking into whether the two children had a consenting relationship or whether the sister was abused by her brother. There is a possibility that the parents could be charged with neglect for “failing to provide adequate supervision”.
The child did not realise she was pregnant and doctors discovered that her pains were caused by her going into labour at the weekend.
Despite the extreme risk involved in a girl so young being pregnant and giving birth, the process went well and she did not need a Caesarian section or any other surgery.
She had been taken to the hospital by her parents, who at the time said that they were surprised by what was actually wrong with her.
It’s the second such case of an underage mother in a matter of months at the same Murcia City hospital, as back in November, a 12-year-old girl, also from Latin America, gave birth at the facility.
Spanish law says that anybody aged under 18 years is considered a child, and so investigations are carried out as a matter of course, including one involving a 16-year-old from Torre Pacheco giving birth at home over the weekend.