Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Authorities visit 10-year-old mum

Spanish social workers have inspected the home of a 10-year-old Romanian girl who gave birth last week

Spanish social workers have inspected the home of a 10-year-old Romanian girl who gave birth last week to determine whether her baby is being properly cared for, officials have revealed.

Authorities in the small southern city of Lebrija also arranged a doctor's appointment to make sure the young mother and infant are doing well.

In a statement, city officials said they were investigating when the pregnant child arrived in Spain and why she had not seen a doctor before showing up last week at a hospital to give birth.

Authorities did not give details about the modest apartment where the 10-year-old girl is now living with her mother, but the mayor of Lebrija described it as "humble".

Officials have said they could step in to oversee care of the girl and her baby if needed, but their statement did not reveal whether any problems were found or the results of the medical appointment.

City officials "will guarantee the protection of the two minors", the statement added.

The birth has shocked Spaniards and created an international sensation.

The girl's mother told reporters earlier this week that she was delighted to have a new granddaughter, and does not understand the fuss the birth has caused.

She said the baby's father is a 13-year-old boy who is still in Romania.

She also said since they are Romanian Gipsies, or Roma, it is their custom to marry very young.

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