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Baby-Faced Boy Becomes a Father at 13

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As if the craziness of the octuplets wasn't bad enough, now comes news that a 13-year-old boy has become a father. What is this world coming to?!?

Alfie Patten, Chantelle and baby

Baby-faced Alfie Patten may be 13 years old, but he looks like he's 8 -- and just a few days ago, he became a first-time father. His much larger 15-year-old girlfriend, Chantelle Steadman, just gave birth to their 7 lb. 3 oz. bouncing baby girl, Maisie Roxanne, reports the UK's Sun newspaper.

Alfie and Chantelle had a one-time sexual encounter when Alfie was 12. What was Alfie's reaction when he found out Chantelle was pregnant? "I thought it would be good to have a baby," said Alfie in a prepubescent voice that has yet to break.

Neither Alfie nor his "girlfriend" seem to have the remotest clue about how having a child at such a young age might affect the rest of their lives. And Alfie, who doesn't even get an allowance yet, admits that he doesn't even know how much diapers cost, but says, "I think it's a lot."

Alfie, who is just 4 feet tall, revealed how scared he was to tell his mother about his impending fatherhood. "When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble," he recalls. "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."

Alfie's father Dennis admits he doesn't think that his son really understands the enormity of his situation -- but says Alfie seems desperate to be a devoted and responsible father. Dennis says that Alfie wanted to be the first to hold Maisie after the hospital birth. He tenderly kisses the baby and gives her a bottle. "He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation," Dennis says. "But he has been at the hospital every day."

13 year old father

Maisie was conceived after Chantelle and Alfie -- just 12 at the time -- had a single night of unprotected sex. They found out about the baby when Chantelle was 12 weeks pregnant. The young couple kept it a secret until six weeks later when Chantelle's mother Penny, 38, became suspicious about Chantelle's weight gain and confronted her.

"We didn't think we would need help from our parents," says Chantelle. "You don't really think about that when you find out you are pregnant. You just think your parents will kill you."

But Penny figured out what was going on after buying Chantelle a T-shirt that revealed her swelling tum.

Chantelle admits she and Alfie -- who are both being supported by their parents -- will probably be accused of being grossly irresponsible. "We know we made a mistake, but I wouldn't change it now," she says. "We will be good loving parents.

"I have started a church course and I am going to work helping other young mums," Chantelle says. Even though they're only teens dating, Chantelle says, "I'll be a great mother and Alfie will be a great dad."

What do you think about this unbelievable story?

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carrie February 15, 2009, 12:49 PM

this can’t be a true story..its so way out there! the boy can’t be 13 he looks like my 9 year old son! i guess i’m stunned that this could happen..they look like sibblings..

Laura February 15, 2009, 4:33 PM

Is it tragic? Hell yes. Do you think there aren’t 12 and 13 year old girls getting pregnant in this country? I hate to tell you, but it’s ALL THE TIME. Just cause this boy has a baby face and he’s cute, it’s not really “news” to me. I find it sad they’re getting all this attention.

And ‘Nate,’ are you serious? “Don’t dress your kids in brand clothing looking like there 18 and buying them jewellry.”??? First off, learn how to spell. What in the world does your statement have to do with anything!? Do these kids look like they’re wearing Chanel? That has got to be one of the more ignorant things I’ve heard in my life. lol

Anonymous February 15, 2009, 6:45 PM

they’relying about that boys age

Susie Christiansen February 15, 2009, 7:41 PM

I was told this wk end that at our grade school, 5th gr.girls are wearing colored bands each one color represents how far a girl will go sexually.
This makes me sick. Something is wrong with our society and it isn’t getting any better by the damn day!

BB February 15, 2009, 8:16 PM

I don’t think this story is real. The kid doesn’t seem to even have gone thru puberty yet, so I question whether this is even possible. She was probably his babysitter gone bad, as sick as that sounds, and she needed someone to pin her pregnancy on. I would hope that a paternity test was done, that’s for sure. In any event, I think that this is a hoax.

rix February 15, 2009, 9:13 PM

Help this depraved and irresponsible generation!!

cole345 February 15, 2009, 9:19 PM

Oh this is really something,and while I admit it is troubling(Bad parenting)we are all here JUDGING these kids(who are still naive) but yet God forbid anyone judges homosexuality/sodomy!!!That’s right I forgot we have all been indoctrinated by the media(especially MTV)that homosexuality is not a behavior but rather an ethnic minority!Supposedly we are more enlightened today!!!Yeah right!!!

kimberly February 15, 2009, 11:01 PM

Everyone calm down! Instead of getting mad about this, how about giving them some sympathy? They even admit it was a bad choice, & there’s no use getting mad about something done in the past. Nothing’s going to change what happened.

Luisa  February 15, 2009, 11:03 PM

I was laughing when I saw this but then I started thinking…. If you don’t know what financially means you can’t be a father….

Susie Christiansen February 16, 2009, 1:16 AM

To Kimberly;
Pull your head out of your butt!Sympathy?Are you a parent or grandparent?I doubt it,but if you are one I wouldn’t want you teaching me about life at all.If the boy was the older one,he would be charged with RAPE!

Susie Christiansen February 16, 2009, 1:22 AM

I just went back and re -watched that video and she said we struggle sometimes at the end of the day.
Hum,sitting on a hospital bed,flowers in the background.I think this video is a scam.
However,this is happening everywhere with our children.

Rachel February 16, 2009, 10:40 AM

This is RIDICULOUS!!! I can’t help but wonder where they are living and if the “grandparents” are the ones wakign up every 2-3 hours to feed the baby and change diapers!?!? OMG..I am 21 with a 6 month old and its hard on ME to raise a child..I cant even BEGIN to imagin being 13!!!! At 13 I was not worrying about ANYTHING except cheerleading…geeze..this world is going to hell in a handbasket!

2CENTS February 16, 2009, 12:42 PM

He is the same size as my 7yr old. NO WAY IS HE 13yrs old!!! If he is the father, which I doubt it…this 15yr old girl had 2 talk this kid in2 having sex. At 14 & 15 kids know about sex. Younger kids only know about it through older kids. I know there is TV but movies (unless a porno) do actually show how its done. They may c the couple in bed naked N kissing BUT NOT HOW ITS DONE!!

Anonymous February 16, 2009, 2:39 PM

WTF I do not think that’s cool I am 15 and I would never do anything stupid thing like that and i thought i did stupid things…

Jasmine February 16, 2009, 10:40 PM

This boy looks more like her brother. & how in the world can he get her pregnant if he hasn’t even reached puberty. The parents are to blame these kids are way to young to even be dating. they are not doing a good job in parenting their children. The best thing that they could do for the precious baby girl is to let a good stable family adopt her.

Tania ( tan- yah) February 16, 2009, 11:26 PM

Wow! I can’t imagine having a baby at 25! This teaches the world to stop advertising sex nowadays! C’mon guys, it’s called TROJAN.

perlita February 17, 2009, 4:28 AM

My God!

Glenda February 17, 2009, 7:09 AM

Seing this kids having babies on thier early age…is breaks my heart. These children obviously didnt know what they’re doin! It is very insane… and what ashame for thier parents, it is just reflects how they raise children. Being a parent is accompanied by big responsibility. Parents set as example for thier children, that is if they are aware of it. Hope this will set as example of all parents out there.

Kathleen February 17, 2009, 8:33 AM

When I was in Middle School there was a boy there who had a son when he was 12 years old. The mother was 15 years old and a High Schooler.
They actually went on to get married and have two other children, although the marriage did not last. They were however, very good parents. Surprisingly enough….

Jenna February 17, 2009, 9:57 AM

bless his heart he doesnt have a clue. I have read this story a few times now and the boy’s innocence always strikes me. How can he be so Naive, but have had sex? i think there is more to be learned behind this all. I mean if my 13y/o boy came home and said “Im gonna be a daddy” I would want to make sure its his for one (paternity!!!!) and then i would insist on talking to the other family on what action to take, adoption or w/e. I mean if i had to raise it my self so be it , but these are children trying to raise a baby for crying out loud! it gets me ticked just thinking about it. i honsetly believe the girl may have taken advantage of him. it takes two but how can two do it if one is still playing with hotwheels?!!!

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