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Saturday, December 04, 1999

Fathering twins at 13 'a nice shock,' boy says
17-year-old mother 'thrilled to bits'
Nigel Bunyan
The Daily Telegraph

MANCHESTER, England - A 13-year-old boy has become Britain's youngest father of twins after his 17-year-old girlfriend gave birth to identical girls, Leah and Louise.

The teenage father, a regular truant from school, told a newspaper he thought his friends were "jealous" of his situation.

He said the births in Sunday have "all come as a nice shock. I was quite happy when I found out, although it wasn't planned. My mum took me to one side and asked if we were going to keep them, but she wasn't angry."

The teenage parents met two years ago. Their babies were conceived in April and delivered five weeks prematurely, each weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces.

They are expected to be allowed home on Wednesday, the day of their father's 14th birthday. The boy was not at the birth but is said to be looking forward to bringing up the twins. He and his girlfriend have a room ready for the babies.

He was puffing on a cigarette as he told a local newspaper: "We'll learn what to do as we go along. Our families are helping out.

"We only found out my girlfriend was pregnant at five months when we had a scan and it showed the twins. It's going to be a lot of work. I want to earn a few quid to see my babies right."

He had no regrets about not being able to spend so much time with his friends.

"I have a family to think about."

Both appear confident about their future, with the new mother saying: "I have a nine-year-old sister, so I am used to looking after children.

"I was thrilled to bits when I found out. But I'm not planning to have any more. I go and see the girls every day. I can't wait for them to come home so I can be with them all the time."

The girl said she was surprised by her pregnancy because she had been on the Pill.

Greater Manchester Police have received no complaint about the teenagers' relationship and say they are not involved. A spokesman added: "Sex with someone under the age of 16 is indecent assault. But it is highly unlikely we would take proceedings."

The boy's school said his family was due to be prosecuted over his non-attendance.

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