A schoolgirl, who became pregnant by her 13-year-old ‘boyfriend’ when she was still in primary school at the age of 11, gave birth to a 7lb 4oz girl on Sunday.
At 12 years and three months, she is five months younger than the previous youngest UK mother.
The Year 7 pupil and the baby’s father, who are said to be ‘totally in love’ and who have been going out for a year, are believed to be Britain’s youngest parents.
Today, her ‘father’ said that he would stand by his daughter – but admitted that he ‘broke down with emotion’ when discovering only four weeks ago that his eldest daughter was about to give birth.
The man, from North London, no longer lives with the girl’s mother, who has become a grandmother at 27.
Describing himself as a ‘proud grandad’ and using a false name to protect the identity of the girl, he told LBC radio that both sets of parents were supporting the youngsters.
He described the 13-year-old boy, whose identity has also been withheld, as a ‘great kid’.
We don’t know where it happened. What you’re implying is that we knew they were having sexual intercourse in bedrooms. No.’
He said he would not let his three-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son make the same mistake but denied that he could have prevented it.
He added: ‘We cannot keep her wrapped up her whole life.
‘I cannot keep her wrapped up all her life.
‘You know, she goes to school, they spend time together. You can’t stop this.
‘I cannot go out and watch my little girl 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s not possible.
‘It won’t be happening again, what’s happened has happened because you give your children a bit of slack. So now we will be keeping an eye on people. Maybe we could of [sic] done more.
‘They made a mistake and that’s the thing we’ve got to deal with now and just be proud of what we’ve got.’
The pair have the lowest combined age of any British parents on record. She, at 12 years and three months, is five months younger than Britain’s previous youngest mother, Tressa Middleton.
Their child weighed 7lbs – close to the UK average for a girl of 7lb 4oz, The Sun reported. At 27, the girl’s mother, who was a teenage mother herself, is also now one of Britain’s youngest grandmothers.
The parents, from North London, have been in a relationship for a year and say they are ‘totally in love’. They met over Christmas 2012 in a park when she was ten and he was 12, it was reported.
The girl’s ‘father’ added: ‘I can’t keep a watch on her 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You don’t know what has gone on and once the mistake has been made, you can only support them.’