A 13-year-old boy has become a father - and insists he will be a good parent, it was reported today.
Alfie Patten's girlfriend Chantelle Steadman, 15, gave birth to Maisie Roxanne in Eastbourne Hospital, East Sussex, four days ago, The Sun said.
The boy, who is just 4ft and looks young for his age, told the newspaper: "I thought it would be good to have a baby," but admitted he did not think about how he would afford it.
"I don't really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10," he said.
Alfie, who lives with his mother Nicola, 43, in Eastbourne, was 12 when Maisie was conceived.
The pair, who have the support of their parents, kept the pregnancy secret until Chantelle's mother Penny noticed her daughter's swollen belly.
Alfie said: "When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble.
"We wanted to have the baby but were worried how people would react
"I didn't know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it."
Alfie's father Dennis said his son wanted to be a devoted and responsible father, but did not fully appreciate what he had taken on by having a child.
He said Alfie had wanted to be the first to hold his child. "He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation. But he has been at the hospital every day," he said.
Chantelle and Maisie were released from hospital yesterday and are living with her family in a council house in Eastbourne.