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Thursday, September 2, 1999 Published at 22:10 GMT 23:10 UK


14-year-old promises to be good father

The young father-to-be admits 'it's all a bit frightening'

A schoolboy whose 12-year-old girlfriend is expecting a baby says he will make a good father.

Teen pregnancy
The 14-year-old, who claims he lost his virginity at the age of nine, admitted the pregnancy was a mistake, but vowed to stand by his three-month pregnant girlfriend.

BBC News' Craig Swan reports on the phenomenon of the teenage fathers
"It's all a bit frightening, but now it's happened I'm getting used to the idea," he said.

"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."

He said he started seeing his girlfriend earlier this year but had not slept with her for three months.

"At first we used condoms but we stopped after a while because I don't like them. We knew she could get pregnant if we didn't, but we just carried on."

'Slept with 10 other girls'

BBC Legal Affairs Correspondent Joshua Rozenberg: "This case presents legal and social problems"
Sporting a baseball cap and earring, the youngster claimed he had slept with 10 other girls but said this was his first long-term relationship.

"We get on really well and she's a good laugh. I think we will stay together.

"She has been saying she wanted a baby for a while but I didn't think too much about it. She said she was pregnant before, but she was lying."

[ image: His 12-year-old girlfriend also wants to be a mother]
His 12-year-old girlfriend also wants to be a mother
The boy said he had been in trouble at school and had been cautioned twice by the police for theft.

"I have been in trouble a few times but I'm not a criminal or anything like that. I don't know if the police will do anything about this latest thing."

The girl has also said she is "not ashamed" of being pregnant, and wants to keep the baby even though she is frightened of giving birth.

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

Police inquiry

South Yorkshire Police have launched an investigation because a girl of 12 cannot legally give her consent to sex and is technically a rape victim.

Jim Greensmith of the South Yorkshire Police: "We have to pursue what the law says"
A spokesman for the force said officers from the child protection unit intended to speak to the girl informally to see if she wanted to make a complaint.

"We also plan to speak to the alleged father as part of our inquiries."

The two children, who are set to become some of Britain's youngest parents, live on a council housing estate in Sheffield.

Last week, a 12-year-old girl in neighbouring Rotherham gave birth to a baby boy.

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