Want your head spun? I quite enjoy having mine twisted like a top. Whenever I think I’ve seen or heard it all, something new comes up and….well, cranks the ol’ dome a little. Here goes: A 10-year-old girl in Spain has given birth, and authorities are considering whether to allow the tyke custody of the tyke. Sheesh.
Apparently the father is also a minor further complicating matters, as having consensual sex with anyone under thirteen in Spain is a crime–child abuse. They’re awfully liberal in that faraway land…anyway, because she claims the father is also a minor, Spanish authorities are not considering this a rape case.
The baby was born last week, and surprisingly both mother and child are in good health. Experts warn that pregnant children often have complications during pregnancy, and the newborns often die within the first year.
Oh well, I guess that it’s true that children are reaching puberty much faster these days. One British study found that girls currently start puberty at an average age of 10.25 years, while their mothers began at 11.75 years and their grandmothers at 12 years. Another 2000 study in the UK suggested that one girl in six was reaching puberty before the age of eight with one in 14 boys showing the same signs. Doh! Researchers believe that diet, exercise and coming from a broken home all contribute to the precocious puberty.