Girl, 12, Unexpectedly Gives Birth—'Sexual Assault' Inquiry Launched

A 12-year-old girl gave birth at her family home to the surprise of her parents, who say they were entirely unaware that she was pregnant.

Medics were on hand at the home in Cantabria, Spain, after emergency services were called on December 6.

The birth was said to have gone smoothly and with no complications. The young mother and baby are reportedly both in a stable condition.

The baby was born healthy and to full term and has since been admitted to the Neonatology Unit at the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital in Santander.

When the girl became pregnant in March she was in child protective custody with the Cantabrian Institute of Social Services.

The father of the child is believed to be a 17-year-old boy who also lived at the home and was known by social services.

The case is now with the Prosecutor's Office and an investigation is set to determine the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, the child's paternity and whether there had been any sexual assault.

The family maintains that they did not know of the girl's pregnancy.

It is unknown why the girl was in protective custody, however her father is said to be in prison for drug trafficking charges.

The baby—who is still under observation at the hospital—will be given up for adoption, according to the family, who have since started the formal process.

Elsewhere, a woman was accused of hiding her newborn child in the trunk of her car to keep the birth a secret.

The girl, thought to be around 2 years old when rescued in 2013, was discovered by a car mechanic who heard noises in the trunk when the vehicle was brought in for repairs at a mechanic in France.

Portuguese-born Rosa Maria Da Cruz, 50, was charged with repeated violence against a minor causing permanent disability.

Da Cruz is believed to have hidden her pregnancy and daughter's birth from her partner and three older children. Though her partner was initially suspected of involvement, he claimed to know nothing of the baby and the case against him has since been dismissed.

Da Cruz allegedly kept the baby in a room in her house and in the trunk of her car. She named the child Serena. Da Cruz's lawyer, Chrystèle Chassagne-Delpech, said her client was in denial of her pregnancy.

Garage mechanic Guillaume Iguacel discovered the child while working on Da Cruz's car in the Terrasson-Lavilledieu commune in the southwestern Dordogne region. The court heard he opened the trunk to discover a pale child with a fever, lying naked in her own excrement and surrounded by maggots and larvae. There were also toys and stuffed animals in the trunk.

The girl was found to be seriously dehydrated, malnourished and suffering from severe developmental problems. She was subsequently taken into foster care.

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File photo: A teenage mother holds her child as a 12-year-old girl gave birth at her family home in Spain to the surprise of her parents, who say they were unaware that she was pregnant. RODRIGO BUENDIA//Getty