A 12-year-old schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain’s youngest parents.
The new mum became pregnant at the age of 11, when still at primary school, and gave birth to a girl weighing 7lb 4oz (3.28kg) on Sunday.
“Both sets of grandparents are incredibly supportive. It’s a very difficult situation because the parents are both so young, but their families are right behind them," a source told the The Sun.
“They’re very into each other, totally in love. She is obsessed with him. She sees this as true love. They want to get married.”
The source says that the couple plan to remain a couple to raise the child together.
‘‘The baby’s mum and dad have been in a relationship for more than a year, so this isn’t a fleeting romance. They intend to stick together and bring their daughter up together.
‘‘They’re very into each other, totally in love. She’s in Year Seven, he’s in Year Nine at a different school.’’
The new mother was 10 when she met her boyfriend. The pair, from north London, cannot be named for legal reasons.
The schoolgirl lives with her mother, who is 27, and is supportive of the couple.
The girl's father told UK radio station LBC that they only found out about the pregnancy when the girl was eight months pregnant, leaving few options.
"We only found out she was pregnant a month ago. I cried. You break down with emotion. She was eight months gone. I broke down. What can you say?"
"Sorry was one of the words said."
"She was eight months pregnant. The baby is going to come into the world no matter what. You can just be supportive about it."
He added that he was still proud of his daughter.
"She's only my little girl, whether she's done that or not. There are lots of routes kids this age can take. Lots of kids are on drugs. She brought something beautiful into the world and we're all proud of her."
Being 12 years and three months old makes the new mother, who cannot be named, five months younger than the previous youngest mother, Tressa Middleton, who gave birth in Edinburgh after also falling pregnant at age 11 in 2006.
Middleton originally claimed a local boy was the father, but later reported her 16-year-old brother as her rapist. He spent four years in prison as a result.
April Webster and Nathan Fishbourne, the previous youngest parents, were 14 when their son Jamie was born in Caerphilly, South Wales, in 2010.
- PA with staff writers