A ten-year-old Romanian girl has become one of the world's youngest mothers after she gave birth to a baby in a hospital in Spain.
The baby weighed 6lb 6oz when it was born last week at a hospital in Jerez de la Frontera, in the southern region of Andalusia, and both mother are child are in perfect health.
The girl, a Romanian immigrant who was already pregnant when she arrived in Spain, has been released from the hospital.
Her mother told hospital staff that she was happy about the birth, which she described as "something common in my country".
Micaela Navarro, the Andalusia region's social affairs minister, said they only became aware of the case from hospital staff three days after the birth.
"The important thing is that both mother and baby are cared for perfectly. If that is the case, they can remain in the family environment, which is what we are checking at the moment," the Daily Mail quoted Navarro as saying.
Navarro further revealed that the father of the baby is also a minor, and said authorities do not consider this a case of rape and that no criminal investigation is under way.
"The girl's mother told us the girl lived with her boyfriend in her home country. There are girls who can appear older than they are, but in this case the girl is just that: a girl," a hospital source revealed.