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Thursday February 14, 2013

9-Year-old That Gave Birth in Mexico, Raped by Step-Father

9-Year-old That Gave Birth in Mexico, Raped by Step-Father

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The girl who gave birth last month at a hospital here is at least 12 years old - not 9 - and the pregnancy resulted from rape by her step-father, prosecutors in the western Mexican state of Jalisco said.

A Guadalajara hospital disclosed last month that it had treated a girl who became pregnant at the age of 8 and that the likely father was the child’s missing 17-year-old boyfriend.

The young mother, Dafne, was 9 by the time doctors delivered the baby by cesarean, the hospital said.

The initial announcement prompted authorities to get involved.

Subsequent examinations determined that Dafne is between 12 and 13 years old, Jalisco Attorney General Tomas Coronado said, adding that DNA comparisons identified the girl’s step-dad, Abundio Garcia Guadalupe, as the baby’s father.

Garcia Guadalupe was arrested Tuesday, the attorney general said.

Dafne and her baby have been placed in a shelter where the abused young woman will receive assistance and psychological counseling, state authorities said.