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Thursday, September 2, 1999 Published at 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK


Girl, 12, determined to keep baby

The girl is expected to give birth just after she turns 13

A pregnant 12-year-old girl has said she is determined to keep her baby.

Jim Greensmith of the South Yorkshire Police: "We have to pursue what the law says"
The girl, from Sheffield, is believed to be three months pregnant and will be just 13 when the child is born.

Her case hit the headlines just days after a child of the same age gave birth in a town nearby.

The second girl is said to have discovered her pregnancy after using a home testing kit with her mother in a supermarket toilet.

Teen pregnancy
The girl told Thursday's Daily Mail newspaper she was "not ashamed" of being pregnant, and wanted to keep the baby even though she was frightened of giving birth.

"It's your baby, you can't get rid of it like that," she said.

The BBC's Carole Jones: "At the age of 11, she told her mother of her desire to have a child"
The girl's mother told the paper she believed her daughter had become pregnant deliberately.

She said: "She has broken my heart. I will stand by her every inch of the way, but I feel let down."

Schoolboy father: 'I like children'

The girl said that she had refused her mother's pleas for her to have an abortion.

She added that her 14-year-old boyfriend, with whom she began having sex shortly after her 12th birthday, had threatened never to speak to her again if she had an abortion.

The schoolboy has insisted he would make a good father.

He said he lost his virginity aged nine and that he had slept with 10 other.

He said: "It's all a bit frightening, but now it's happened I'm getting used to the idea.

"The baby wasn't really planned, but I'm going to stick with my girlfriend and bring up the baby together.

"I really like children and I think I will make a good dad."

The boy, sporting a baseball cap and earring said he had been in trouble at school and had been twice cautioned by police.

He added: "I don't know if the police will do anything about this latest thing."

Police to investigate

Police are investigating the case, after being called in by the girl's mother. Officers from South Yorkshire child protection unit plan to speak to the girl on Thursday.

A spokesman added: "We also plan to speak to the alleged father as part of our inquiries."

Legally, a girl under the age of 13 cannot give consent to sexual intercourse.

A spokesman for Sheffield social services confirmed they were aware of the pregnancy and would be giving the family the support they needed.

The girl's pregnancy comes less than a week after a 12-year-old girl from the nearby town of Rotherham gave birth to a baby boy.

Detectives have questioned that youngster, who is in her second year at comprehensive school, but will not conduct a formal interview until she has left hospital.

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