Ok. Actually my logic is global so one case like this does not make a real difference to me. (just saying)
Meh, I think I should be glad to live in a country where teenage pregnancy is a newsstory rather then a statistic!
Originally Posted by DisneyGeek
That's exactly what I would jump to. I'd first suspect the girl's father of raping her because she was so young.
Not to try and steal the thread here, but the youngest girl to give birth was only five years old. Sickening.
Yeah, when I was 12 years old I was playing hide and seek, making lego cars and climbing trees. I still thought girls hat cooties and couldn't imagine ever playing with them. If I have difficulty imagining a 12 year old mother, I have even more difficulty imagining a 12 year old father!
Would a DNA test of the baby and the father of the 12-year-old girl reveal anything? Since she and him have similar DNA as well?
And if it IS her father and her's child, what does it mean about the health of the baby? Aren't incestuous babies kind of...wonky? Could that be used as evidence to convict the dad?
The DNA test would work because of the way DNA is transmitted in procreation. A child gets 23 chromosomes from it's mother and 23 from it's father. Let's say by sheer coincidence it got the 23 chromosomes that the girl inherrited from the father, you would still know that he's the father because the child would have all the same chromosomes as him (this doesn't even mean the child has exactly the same DNA, the chances of that are extremely small).
As for incestuous babies, they only have an slightly bigger chance of catching inheritable diseases that already run in the family (hemophilia, breast cancer, diabetes). I believe it's due to the fact that the same part of malfunctioning DNA can be present in both the chromosomes inherrited from the mother and the father. Statistical research on retardedness in incestuous babies is inconclussive however, and there are many contradicting researches. At the very worst you can safely say that chances are neglectable.