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Spanish Authorities Wonder if 10 Year-Old's Baby is Well Cared For

Is the 10 year-old's baby in good hands? Is the 10 year-old?

By now, everyone in the world has heard the story about the 10-year-old girl who recently gave birth. And although the young mother’s mom claims Romanians are baffled by the attention the situation is receiving, I, for one, am not. I think it deserves heavy inspection.

It appears as if Spanish authorities agree. For according to a story posted today by the Associated Press, officials from the city of Lebrija are taking a closer look at the situation. They are essentially trying to accomplish three things.

First, they want to learn more about the little girl from Romania — specifically when she arrived in Spain, and why she had not visited a doctor before giving birth. Second, they want to make sure that 10 year-old and her baby are both in good health. To that end, they’ve arranged a doctor appointment for the little girl and her newborn just to make sure everything checked out okay. And third, city officials want to make sure that the baby is properly cared for.

Now, I don’t have a crystal ball, nor a medical degree — so as far as the girl’s backstory and the health of her and her baby, I’m afraid I can’t help. But, with regard to whether or not her baby is properly cared for — I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say…

um, no.

Look folks, I didn’t exactly major in Child Development, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that your average 10 year-old isn’t adequately equipped to care for her *dramatic pause* baby. My oldest daughter, Pookie, isn’t quite 10. She’s 9. And maybe she’ll really surprise me with her maturation process over the next year, but unless she does, she’ll be no exception. Just last night she didn’t think twice before giving each of the triplets one of those Listerine strips. (They’re 3.) The ensuing meltdown and garden-variety heartburn that followed was the stuff of legends.

Sure, Pookie’s money with the TV remote, and would likely be able to serve up Dora in a second’s notice, but other than that, there’s little she’s able to bring to the parenting table. Plus, I have a sneaking suspicion that she’d change the channel to “Wizards of Waverly Place” whenever she darn well pleased.

I know what you’re thinking. What about the child’s mother — the baby’s grandmother? After all, the super-young mom is living with her. Well, maybe I’m a big ol’ pessimist, but I lost faith in her when I read that she’d told reporters she was “delighted” to have a granddaughter and failed to see what all the fuss was about.

I don’t mean to come off so flip. Okay, actually, I do. But it’s for a reason. As absurd as some of my comments may have struck you to be, they’re simply no match for the absurdity of this entire situation.  There’s no way that this little baby is in good hands. And, frankly, I doubt the 10 year old is, either.

According to their statement, Lebrija city officials “guarantee the protection of the two minors.” And I don’t know about you, but that’s the most comforting thing I’ve yet to hear out of this entire mess.

Do you think that the baby is in good hands? What about the 10 year-old?

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