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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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kafryn hill February 18, 2009, 3:43 AM

this is insane!! i cant belive that a 13 year old kid can have a baby.. i had no idea that he could even thik about sex!! things are so over rated in this world its not funny!!
i just hope that they have a good life and look towards jesus..
god bless

Eunichelle February 18, 2009, 5:59 AM

I don’t know why but I just found myself smiling :) I am so happy for the both of them. They were responsible enough to let the baby come into this world without attempting to abort it. This is so emotional. I dreamed about myself been pregnant and gave birth to a daughter and I felt so happy like I was in heaven. When I woke up early this morning, I prayed for them. I hope they’re doing fine with their family and their little angel, Maisie… :) ^_^

seema February 18, 2009, 7:46 AM


Lili February 18, 2009, 7:59 AM

“Why is a 13 year old thinking of sex? 1) Its everywhere. Its in tv ads, in movies. 2) Sexual abuse. If someone is abused this way at a young age, then what’s the big deal to do it with others?
- why?
Posted 02/13/09 05:56 PM”

The 13 year old boy was thinking of sex because “surprisingly”, most 13-year-olds have started puberty! Which means they are sexually mature and have sexual urges (whether they should act on those urges is another matter). Come on people. This crap is not rocket science. These are basic facts of nature.

Anon February 18, 2009, 12:27 PM

The main problem with people now å days is they don’t know to mind their own business. You have to think about their influences. Parents have an impact, but children are Unfortunately more exposed to TV and other children experiences, and embellishments. Its life, struggles exist. If it was so easy then there wouldn’t be å reason for living. If you want to get mad at someone, get mad at the government and the corporations that are stealing your hard earned money. Fight against the elite, instead of these mothers.

yadira February 18, 2009, 5:10 PM

omg! he looks like a 6year old this is a crazy story!

spunky February 19, 2009, 12:01 PM

How can you give kids that much free time… boy - no sports, no afterschool projects.. girl- no cheerleading, no job. Ok since parents no longer have parental right to consent to “children having babies” then they both need jobs and one would have to do night school!

kyrstal February 19, 2009, 7:51 PM

omg, im still confused, wut is an 15yr old duin wit a 13yr old dat look lyk an 8yr old, i’m 15 n would never ever go with some one younger than me, but plp have differ opinions..

Zayed Bin Zakir Shawon February 20, 2009, 4:43 AM

this story is simply amazing! i was astonished!

erny February 20, 2009, 10:50 AM

i,m so suprise at kid this days they think they are grown up cos of their manner of dressing but still idon,t believe a 13 years old can father a child.that awful what was the 15yr old thinking when she was sleeping with her younger brother cos i think she is older enough to be a big sister to him. i dvise the parent to carry out a DNA test cos the kid boy might not understand what is really going

joanna February 20, 2009, 11:41 PM

All the people who post there comments… instead of talking bad things to them..mind your own business.. dont blame anyone. all you have to do is KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHOT.
Be pitty to the baby because your talking bad things to there parents.

Betty February 21, 2009, 6:35 PM

Stop the world - I want to get off!! This story is ridiculous. If it’s true, the baby should be put up for adoption. If it’s not, there’s still that woman who, already having 6 kids, just delivered 8. I always thought invitro was very expensive - did she pay for that with welfare money??

Anonymous February 21, 2009, 9:49 PM

you r a fagget it

hollister February 22, 2009, 12:35 AM

jezz…thats scary..what are you going to do for school???

XXXX February 22, 2009, 1:57 AM

Iam sure during parents sex they might permit thier child to see practicals……


Otherwise how can he..

mia February 22, 2009, 2:49 PM

this is just really disgusting

Anonymous February 22, 2009, 3:13 PM

Can I be the god mother

Anonymous February 22, 2009, 3:18 PM

They are lucky yhey have eachother I am 15 an I am not even allowed to date

Neema February 23, 2009, 4:47 AM

That lil boy is crazy
Give him some support thou

Natalie February 25, 2009, 6:46 AM

Believe it or not I wasn’t shocked by this. Sickend though. I live in the UK and every day I walk through town I see girls that look 13, 14, 15 pushing baby buggies. So many parents here have abdicated responsibility of these teens. “You can’t control them when there 15.” Is all I hear. I have a 21,17, and oops 10 year old. There are no grandchildren, drug addicts, or drunks in our house. I do have one that doesn’t like to do his homework. Parents should be made responsible for the children’s mistakes legally or financially. Maybe then they can try to “control” them.

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