A thirteen-year-old British schoolboy has become a father.
Alfie Patten and his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman welcomed Maisie Roxanne to the world four days ago, The Sun newspaper reports.
The couple decided against having an abortion after discovering Steadman was 12 weeks pregnant.
"I thought it would be good to have a baby [but] I didn't think about how we would afford it
. I don't really get pocket money," Alfie, whose voice is yet to break, was quoted as saying.
"When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble."
Alfie's family, from Sussex in England's south-east, said that only those closest to them were told about the pregnant for fear their son might be "demonised" at school.
Chantelle, 15, admitted she and Alfie, who is only 122cm tall, would be accused of being irresponsible.
The pair knew they made a mistake but would do their best to be good parents, she said.
The pregnancy was discovered by Chantelle's mother Penny who noticed her daughter's weight gain.
Alfie's dad Dennis, who himself has fathered nine children, said his son was "desperate" to be a devoted dad.
"He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation," Mr Patten said.
"But he has been at the hospital every day."
I say as long as the parents are willing and able to help, then good luck to them.
Sucks to happen at such a young age, but that's what you get when you have sex. A baby.
Hopefully the baby came out alright, at that age (for both of them) I'm sure there could be some complications.
Somewhat on topic, I just read that the youngest pregnancy and birth on record was from a 5 year old. What the f*ck. Seriously. 5.
Boy becomes father at 13