9 year-old Gives Birth to a Baby in Mexico

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A 9-year-old girl, Dafne, from just outside of Guadalajara, Mexico has given birth to her own baby girl. The baby came into the world January 27th, weighing 5 pounds and 7ounces via C-section due to the mother’s size and age. Dafne was 8-years-old when she got pregnant by a, now, 17-year-old boy.

The authorities are searching for the father because they believe that the girl was raped or abused but the girl’s mother didn’t report the pregnancy to the police because she doesn’t think it’s a crime. Dafne claims that she and the father of her baby are involved in a relationship together. She loves him. They were a couple.

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Oddly enough, the boy didn’t know that the girl was pregnant until she did, when she was 7 months pregnant because why would a 9-year-old have any understanding of what a pregnancy feels like? He asked her to move in with him. She said no. He left town. This shows you the level of maturity involved with these children who made this baby.

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9 year-old Gives Birth to a Baby in Mexico

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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  1. Profile photo of kfondr kfondr says:

    i vote that men who beat and rape women have their things cut off and stuffed down their throats and with his feet planted in cement and pushed off a boat in the middle of a huge body of ocean…. that may just be me though… 🙂

  2. Profile photo of PAR11712 PAR11712 says:

    8 or 13 is still to young to have children

  3. Profile photo of PAR11712 PAR11712 says:

    The writer of he story is telling her child that. If that is how she wants to raise her children that’s not prejudice

  4. Profile photo of DaniBrazier DaniBrazier says:

    This little girl was 13, not 8 as reported FYI

  5. Profile photo of Melody Melody says:

    When I look at my daughter, I don’t want her to grow up and get cheated out of important life experiences because she was neither disciplined nor educated enough to make good choices. Yes, there are many happy families that are built by parents in a variety of circumstances. But, there also have been studies that show that the happiest families are stable ones–and marriage and education have a lot to do with the kind of stability that makes having a happy family easier. It’s not prejudiced to teach our children to get an education and marriage before having kids. It’s good parenting. A good parent wants to give their children their best chance at success.

  6. Profile photo of RachelSmith RachelSmith says:

    Probably working or begging on the street trying to get enough money to feed themselves.

  7. Profile photo of RachelSmith RachelSmith says:

    You just cant judge 3rd world countries by the same standards. This girl was obviously one of the poor indigenous class who cant read or write and has no prospects other than domestic chores for rich families or begging. The mother was probably thrilled her daughter had a potential husband and was off her hands, until it all backfired. If you’ve gone through puberty at 8 years old, you wouldnt look like an 8 year old. The mentality is completely different than a middle class girl attending school and looking to a bright future. These people live day to day hoping for the best. There is no welfare system in Mexico. Now she will go home to her mother and her mother will raise the baby while she goes back to begging on the street or maybe manages to secure a job doing domestic work for lazy middle class housewives over there, who do NOTHING.

  8. Profile photo of WrenPeters WrenPeters says:

    "She knows that babies come from mommies and daddies, after they are married which is something you do after finishing grad school"

    That’s quite prejudiced. Children are regularly born into loving families to parents who are neither married nor post-grad educated. Not impressed with this advice you seem to feeding your kids.

  9. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    My youngest sister is only twelve and I still think of her as a baby!

  10. Profile photo of TyMcwilliams TyMcwilliams says:

    "He asked her to move in with him. She said no. He left town. This shows you the level of maturity involved with these children who made this baby."

    Not exactly. I’m sure that scenario has played out millions of times at every age level.

  11. Profile photo of Sara Sara says:

    obviously it’s very sad that this nine year old is now a mother but i think the author of this article should be a little bit less judgemental here… babies arrive in this world all sorts of different ways, many of them with sadness or horror attached, and they survive and thrive.

    Her claim that she and her eight year old haven’t had a talk about menstration and that freaks me out. 8 year olds CAN be close to puberty, so putting the talk off based on age is a bad move. obviously a nine year old has enough of a start at puberty to get her period and get pregnant (and if her mother had perhaps told what this was all about she may have been aware of what she was doing) my cousin got her period at 10, i got mine at 11… i had the baby meeting in my school was in 5th grade… 9 years old…

  12. I agree that this isnt a good situation but the authors tone is entirely too judgemental and really put me off. Whose to say that the baby still can’t have a good upbringing? That’s not your call. And by nine years old I knew about sex and how babies were made.

  13. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    Where were the parents when their 9 year old had sex? The girl says it was a relationship, but she’s not old enough to know what that means. This is crazy.

  14. "American Girl" makes a great book for 8,9,10,11 year old girls that teaches them about body changes in age-appropriate detail. My mom bought it for me when I was about 9 and went over it with me first and answered any questions I had and then gave it to me to read on my own.

  15. it’s possible she didn’t condone the relationship but she didn’t call the police because the boy was mentally challenged. if he was mentally challenged it wouldn’t be so odd that she knew they were playing together and didn’t think anything about it. regardless it’s tragic. on another note i think you should talk to your daughter about periods. a lot of girls start their periods at 9 and if she starts it before you talk to her she’s going to think she’s like dying or something lol.

  16. Profile photo of Kim Kim says:

    This poor little girl. Who’s to say she would have had a "normal" upbringing even if she didnt give birth to that baby?

  17. Profile photo of SandraFoster SandraFoster says:

    Speachless. I pray for that child!

  18. Profile photo of zayna zayna says:

    Thag is just crazy i feel sorry for the girl she is way to little to have a baby

  19. Profile photo of Raylinsmommy Raylinsmommy says:

    Speechless. Only word that comes to mind is Disgust.

  20. Profile photo of Raylinsmommy Raylinsmommy says:

    Speechless. Only word that comes to mind is Disgust.

  21. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    This is just awful…

  22. Profile photo of octmama octmama says:

    i can’t believe this happened to this young child.this is just so wrong

  23. oh man. both of those poor babies 🙁

  24. Profile photo of Taunya Taunya says:

    This is such a sad story.

  25. Profile photo of debbie debbie says:

    OMG, I don’t know what to say!!!!

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