Brit boy who looks like an 8yr-old becomes dad at 13

February 13th, 2009 - 3:31 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 13 (ANI): A 13-year-old British boy, who looks more like an eight-year-old, has become a father of a baby girl.

Alfie Patten, 13, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman, 15, gave birth to 7lb 3oz Maisie Roxanne.

Maisie was conceived after Chantelle and Patten just 12 at the time had a single night of unprotected sex.

Patten revealed how he decided against an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.

I thought it would be good to have a baby, the Sun quoted him as saying.

I didnt think about how we would afford it. I dont really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me 10 pounds.

Chantelle and Patten insist that they have been supported by their parents.

I didnt know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it, said Patten.

Pattens dad Dennis told how the boy does not really understand the enormity of his situation, but is keen to be a devoted and responsible father.

He could have shrugged his shoulders and sat at home on his Playstation. But he has been at the hospital every day, said Patten.

Chantelle admitted they made a mistake, but vows to be loving parents.

We know we made a mistake but I wouldnt change it now. We will be good loving parents, she said.

I have started a church course and I am going to do work experience helping other young mums.

Ill be a great mum and Alfie will be a great dad, she added.

Chantelles mum said: I told her it was lovely to have the baby but I wish it was in different circumstances. We have five children already so its a big financial responsibility. But we are a family and will pull together and get through.

Shes my daughter. I love her and she will want for nothing, the mother added. (ANI)

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