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9-Year-Old Gives Birth in Jalisco México

Father nowhere to be found

By Simón Gómez Feb 7, 2013 2:09PM

9-year-old Dafne is one of 11 siblings practically raising themselves in the impoverished town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, in Jalisco México while their parents work all day in order to barely keep up their impoverished home and feed their children. It sounds like this rather Dickensian version of the ideal Christian conservative household was ripe for disaster, and disaster obliged.

 

Dafne had a 17-year-old boyfriend, and I say “had” because the boyfriend is now nowhere to be found. Whether a nine-year-old and a 17-year-old should be “dating” is another story. This story goes that while doing what 17-year-old boys who don’t know any better do while dating unsupervised, the boyfriend managed to get Dafne impregnated while she was still 8 (she became 9 during pregnancy). But who knows what the truth really is? Keep in mind that all these accounts of events are coming from a frightened and pregnant 9-year old girl so taking them with at least a grain of salt is advisable.

 

It should have been easy to see the writing on the wall if any of the adults involved could have afforded the luxury of some perspective, but perspective is unattainable when you are poor, likely uneducated, and have 11 mouths to feed and immediacy takes hold of all your senses and time.

 

Not surprisingly, a byzantine discussion has arisen about whether this is a case of rape or of child sex abuse. Really! Regardless of the outcome of this discussion (if such a thing is possible) the real tragedy is that these type of things are still happening in the most impoverished areas of Latin America while the influential  Catholic Church still preaches against sex education and birth control.

 

Dafne just delivered a healthy 5.7-pound baby girl through a cesarean section. Both the mother and daughter are fine. Dafne now has a live baby doll and for some reason the whole world found out about it. Maybe it’s because Dafne, according to Wikipedia, is the youngest girl to have given birth in the last three years. There will be others and we will hear about some of them. But most likely only about the record breakers.



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17Comments
Feb 7, 2013 6:20PM
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You are one sick puppy if that is the only thing you could think of.  What about the fact that now her parents have 12 mouths to feed and she ( the mother of the infant) really has no idea of what just happen to her.
Feb 9, 2013 11:16AM
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What about the 5 year old kids that got caught having sex at a school here in the U.S??!

This happened just this week. I don't see you idiots (including this writer) commenting and judging them! At the rate these kids are going they're bound to get knocked up at 9 years old Or even younger! And these were American-Caucasian kids.

There are worse things that happen here in the U.S. not just in Mexico! 
Feb 9, 2013 11:16AM
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What about the 5 year old kids that got caught having sex at a school here in the U.S??!

This happened just this week. I don't see you idiots (including this writer) commenting and judging them! At the rate these kids are going they're bound to get knocked up at 9 years old Or even younger! And these were American-Caucasian kids.

There are worse things that happen here in the U.S. not just in Mexico! 
Feb 7, 2013 6:24PM
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You are one sick puppy if that is the only thing you could think of.  What about the fact that now her parents have 12 mouths to feed and she ( the mother of the infant) really has no idea of what just happen to her.
Feb 9, 2013 10:56PM
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You are using your article to slam the Catholic Church.  You are using the rape of an 8 yr old girl to get on your soapbox.  "Really!"  That is real tragedy.  "Regardless" of what the Catholic Church teaches, "the real tragedy is that" young girls and boys are raped by 17 yr olds, or by anyone.  Do you really think that the 17 yr old didn't know any better than to have sex with an 8 yr old.?.  It's a tragedy that rapes occur in Mexico, The United States, any country.  "These type of things" are still happening everywhere in the world.  If the 17 yr old boy, "while doing what 17 yr old boys" do, used a condom, and/or the 8 yr old girl had had  "sex education and birth control",  was on the pill/birth control, you wouldn't have a problem with the Catholic Church.  Right?  I think not.  This little girl, or any other child, did not have a baby because of the Catholic Church.
Feb 9, 2013 3:41PM
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First of all it is rape. You want to blame the Catholic church for the lack of sex education and birth control. The parents do not practice birth control and I assume they are adults, so who in the world would teach an 8 year old about it. This is the same old thing, blame everyone but the parents. They are so poor because they have to work all day to provide. If they would stop having sex all the time they would not have to work to provide for so many mouths and they are adults who don't care or they would practice birth control on their own. The father is not around because he knows it is rape. If you want to blame someone for the problems of the Mexican people start with the government. Most of them are so crooked they will have to be screwed into the ground when they die. Let them teach birth control like it is done here. Now let the police find the pervert who made her pregnant and make him work to support her.  Tell the to look in the US because he probably heard we will be letting everyone illegal here to stay without penalty.
Feb 11, 2013 12:19PM
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Unfortunately they do not have access to birth control as we do here in the US and, what about all of your relatives on family assistance.  I help pay for that, and I am not complaining.  Who knows maybe they need it or they can be just juicing the system like so many others.  At least these people work for what they get and you can best believe you are not paying for anything.  Just like one of the other comments read the stolen childhood and rape of the child does not even play into the facts for you and nowhere do we see your humanity.
Feb 7, 2013 10:13PM
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Man they breed like roaches. Starting younger and younger
Feb 7, 2013 10:13PM
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Man they breed like roaches. Starting younger and younger
Feb 7, 2013 10:13PM
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Man they breed like roaches. Starting younger and younger
Feb 7, 2013 3:09PM
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Thank god she didn't have it on this side of the border, we'd be paying for both of them for decades!!!
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  • SimónSimón Gómez

    Political junkie, loud mouth extraordinaire, and a born gear head, Simón found himself in Miami after 11 years of practicing law in Caracas and being a good ole boy. While always attuned to American culture, his heart is firmly rooted in the Latino community. Simón wrote for three years the car pages of Maxim en Español and has been freelancing for MSN Latino since 2011. Simón divides his time between his two dogs, his production work, and his writing.