A 12-year-old girl in Spain has given birth at home after she became pregnant during the COVID lockdown, without family members or teachers realising she was pregnant.
Euroweeklynews has reported that social services have confirmed neither the child’s parents nor school were aware she was pregnant.
The girl, whose name has not been revealed, gave birth to a baby boy at her mother’s house in the northern Spanish region of Cantabria last week.
Much to everyone’s shock, the girl went into labour and emergency services were requested. The paramedics came in time to help the young girl give birthday. Her family, understandably, were in shock to know of this.
They were taken to the Marques de Valdecilla University Hospital nearby and a social worker was called to evaluate the situation.
Local media reports that the father is a 17-year-old boy who is close to the family. The teen was staying with the family at the time when the child was conceived in March.
According Euroweeklynews, when the lockdown was lifted in Spain, the girl returned to school and to her studies and her growing tummy went unnoticed by teachers.
Police and child care services are now investigating what could have happened that led to the pregnancy and how it went unnoticed until birth.
Despite the girl’s young age, and the risk the pregnancy entails because of that, both mother and baby are in good health.
The girl has been released back home. However, the baby boy is still at the hospital under surveillance. Her family has said the baby will be placed for adoption.
Latest reports suggest that the Prosecutor’s Office will investigate ,“whether the pregnancy is the result of some form of sexual assault within the family.”