Girl, 12, to be youngest mother

A TEENAGE boy has been charged with rape after it emerged a 11-year-old Scottish girl had become pregnant.

The 15-year-old is scheduled to appear again on July 10 at Edinburgh sheriff court having already made a previous appearance.

It emerged that a West Lothian girl, now aged 12, is set to break the record for being Britain’s youngest mother. She told a national newspaper she is “really excited” about having a child after losing her virginity at 11 to a boy aged 15.

The girl, who has not been named, is due to give birth in a few weeks, breaking the record set by Jenny Teague, of Dorset, who had a baby aged 12 years and nine months in 1997.

The mother-to-be told the Scottish Sun newspaper that she hoped the baby would be a boy. She also told the newspaper: “I think I’ll be able to cope as I’ve had lots of practice looking after my brothers.”

The girl’s 34-year-old mother also said she was proud of her daughter.

The girl said she thought she might be pregnant after having unprotected sex on a night out in Edinburgh last August. The mother-to-be also smokes up to 20 cigarettes a day, according to the newspaper.

The news has led to calls for better sex education for Scottish youngsters.

The Scottish Conservatives called for society and families to unite to change attitudes towards sex following the news.

MSP Nanette Milne said: “I hope that this incident will draw attention to failings that have allowed such a young girl to go on a night out, get drunk, get pregnant, yet seemingly be ignorant about the risks and consequences.”

The news sparked outrage from the Catholic Church.

A spokesman said: “Apart from anything else, what has happened is illegal as the girl is under age.

“It is indicative of an increasingly promiscuous culture. As a society, Scotland does not seem to be as concerned as it should be about under age sexual activity and promiscuous behaviour on the part of older teenagers.”

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