Friday, February 23, 2018

Adoption suggested in case of baby born to 13-year-old

SOCIAL workers assigned to the case of a 13-year-old girl who

gave birth last week in hospital are advising that the teenager give the baby up for adoption.

The Express was told that an aunt of the girl's, who lives in Diego Martin, has expressed interest in adopting the infant. The aunt is expected to be interviewed by social workers this week to ascertain her suitability as a foster parent.

The 13-year-old girl who lives with her grandparents at South Oropouche gave birth on March 24 at the San Fernando General Hospital.

The girl has been in their care since her parents are drug users, police said. The teen and the child, which weighed 2.91 kilogrammes at birth, were discharged from hospital on April 8.

The Express was told that police officers of the Oropouche Police Station have been advised by social workers not to question the teenaged mother at this time, due to her mental and medical state.

The teenager received counselling by a psychiatrist and social medical officers at the hospital.

The suspected father of the teenager's baby is a 32-year-old man of Oropouche. He was detained by police, but charges have not yet been laid against him.