Girl, 12, gives birth after no one noticed she got pregnant during lockdown

A 12-year-old girl has given birth at home after her lockdown pregnancy went unnoticed by her family and schoolmates, according to reports.

The girl, whose name has not been revealed, gave birth to a baby boy at her mother's house in the northern Spanish region of Cantabria on Sunday.

Both mother and baby are reportedly in good health, despite the fact it was considered a risky pregnancy and birth due to the girl's age.

Local media have reported the father is a 17-year-old boy who is close to the family and was living with them at the time, but this has yet to be confirmed by officials.

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The family has not been identified to protect the girl's identity and all of them were reportedly shocked at the fact that she turned out to be pregnant at such a young age.

They are also investigating the circumstances under which the girl became pregnant.

An underage girl cannot give consent to sex, and officials are still trying to find out if she was forced into it by the 17-year-old or another man.

She fell pregnant at the beginning of Spain's coronavirus lockdown in March, according to reports.

When lockdown was lifted, the girl returned to school and neither her teachers nor her fellow classmates noticed that she was pregnant there either, it is reported.

She continued to achieve good academic results at school, and her family have said the baby will be put up for adoption, reports suggest.

Emergency services were called after she went into labour and paramedics arrived in time to help with the birth of her son.

Mother and child were then taken to the Marques de Valdecilla University Hospital in the city of Santander where a social worker evaluated the situation.

The girl has been released home while the baby boy is still at the hospital under surveillance.

The investigation is ongoing.

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