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British 13-year-old becomes a father

AFP , LONDON

A man reads a copy of the Sun newspaper in London on Friday.

PHOTO: AFP

A baby-faced 13-year-old British schoolboy has fathered a child with his 15-year-old girlfriend, making him one of the youngest parents ever in the UK, a report said on Friday.

Alfie Patten, whose voice has not yet broken, admitted he had not thought about how he and girlfriend Chantelle Steadman would support baby daughter Maisie Roxanne, as “I don’t really get pocket money.”

“When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble,” said the teenager, pictured on the front page of the Sun tabloid with the baby, born in Eastbourne, southern England.

“We wanted to have the baby but were worried how people would react. I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it,” he said.

But he admitted: “I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me 10 pounds [US$14].”

Alfie’s dad Dennis, 45, said his son — who looks younger than his age and is just 1.22m tall — was fully committed to being a parent.

“He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation. But he has been at the hospital every day,” he said.

The baby, who weighed in at 3.27kg when she was born on Monday, was conceived after just one night of unprotected sex, the paper said. Alfie was 12 years old at the time.

In theory, police could have brought a prosecution for under-age sex, but they said they would not be pressing charges.

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