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Parents and school stunned by eighth-grader’s pregnancy

By Yu Po-lin  /  Staff Reporter

The parents of an eighth-grade student in Greater Taichung were shocked on Sunday to find a dead baby girl stuck in the toilet after their daughter had used it.

The infant, who is believed to have been between 20 and 24 weeks old, was found when the student’s parents used a plunger after their daughter’s failed attempts to flush the 36cm infant. The infant’s body showed no signs of life when she was finally pulled out of the toilet.

Because of her slightly chubby figure, neither the girl’s parents nor her teachers had realized she was pregnant. The school president said the student was not on the list of “problem” students.

The student said she had had a sexual encounter, but didn’t know she was pregnant. She still had her menstrual period every month, though it appeared lighter than normal, she said.

Doctor of obstetrics and gynecology Ho Yan-ching (何延慶) said that when a female had irregular development of the epithelial membrane lining the uterus, she could suffer bleeding and aching that could be mistaken for her menstrual period, which may have been the case with the student.

People who experience irregular bleeding or aching after having sexual relations should consult a doctor as soon as possible, Ho said.

Weng Yung-shew (翁毓秀), associate professor at the department of social work and child welfare at Providence University, said parents should spend more time with their children to get to know their relationships and schools should teach students to be mentally and physically prepared before having sex.

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