Nine-year-old gives birth

Filed under: Tweens, Your Pregnancy, Health & Safety: Babies

A 9-year-old girl from an Indian tribe deep inside Brazil's Amazon jungle has given birth to a baby. The pregnancy was the youngest on record and may have been the result of a rape.

It is not unusual for girls in some Indian cultures to have sexual relations after their first menstruation, officials said.

Laborers working on an oil pipeline found the girl in the jungle in April and brought her to a hospital. She was hospitalized for three months with malaria, anemia and pneumonia.

The baby was delivered by c-section is in good health. The girl has not spoken and has not identified the baby's father. Both the mother and the baby will return to their tribe in a month.

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