Monday, February 16, 2009

Sister of dad, 13, had baby at same age

The sister of the British boy who has become a dad at 13 had a baby when she was the same age, according to reports.

Alfie Patten and his 15-year-old girlfriend Chantelle Stedman became parents to Maisie Roxanne this week, sparking debate in Britain over social decline.

But Alfie is not the first in his family to become a parent while still a child. His older sister Jade, now 19, also had a baby at the age of 13, the Daily Mail has reported.

Alfie lives with his mother in Sussex, east of London.

His father is separated from his wife but has nine children and was reportedly shocked when he found out his son was going to become a dad.

"He hasn't got a clue of what the baby means and can't explain how he feels," he was quoted as saying.

"When you mention money his eyes look away… all he knows is that mum and dad will help."

The baby was reportedly conceived when Alfie had sex for the first time, according to his father.

"He said it was the first time he'd had sex, that he didn't know what he was doing," he said.

But now Alfie regularly stays with the mother of the child, Chantelle Stedman, who lives with her benefit-dependent parents.

Chantelle's mother Penny said it was "lovely to have the baby" but admitted it was a big financial responsibility with five other children.

"But we are a family and will pull together and get through. She's my daughter," she said.

Meanwhile, rumours are circulating that Alfie is not the father of Chantelle's child, with neighbours claiming she "never has the same boyfriend for long".

"She knows lots of boys… we all think [Alfie] should have a DNA test," one was quoted as saying.

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