9-Year-Old Mother Is at Least 12, Stepfather Apologizes

Authorities in the Mexican state of Jalisco say DNA tests have revealed that a girl who gave birth two weeks ago is between 12 and 13 years of age, not 9 as the parents had claimed.

Jalisco state prosecutors also say the girl, called Dafne, was impregnated by her stepfather and not her alleged 17-year-old boyfriend.

The stepfather, 44-year-old Abundio García, turned him in Thursday morning to the Attorney General’s Office. It's unclear what charges he will face, according to a report by Noticieros Televisa.

In an interview with the local media, García admitted that he had intercourse with the minor twice while his wife was at work covering an 8-hour afternoon shift.

In a statement to the authorities, he said that the girl's mother, who is 38 years old, learned about the pregnancy when her daughter was 7 months into it and apparently was oblivious of who was the father.

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García apologized to the girl and said he was aware that he deserves to be punished.

Under the Jalisco’s Criminal Code, rape carries an 18-year prison sentence if the victim is 10 years old or younger.

The girls' parents didn't have a birth certificate for her and initially told authorities she was 9.

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