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.
"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'
"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."
"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.
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.
"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.