Dad of girl who gave birth wants to adopt baby

Dad of girl who gave birth wants to adopt baby
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KUALA LUMPUR - The father of a 11-year-old girl who gave birth to a son in Negri Sembilan is ready to adopt the baby.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Ro­­­hani Abdul Karim said the state Welfare Department would help with the documentation process.

"The case was referred to us as the mother involved is a young girl," she told reporters after laun­­ching a blood donation drive by Life Insurance Association of Malaysia and the National Blood Bank here yesterday.

"When the father said he wanted to adopt the baby, I was happy because the girl has the support of her family," she said.

Rohani said proper documentation was important to make the adoption legal and to protect the interests of the child in the future.

"That child will need to go to school one day," she said.

On Wednesday, the girl gave birth to an underweight baby after complaining of abdominal pains.

Her grandmother had taken her to a private clinic and was stunned when the doctor informed her that the girl was experiencing labour pains.

"The girl has gone through enough trauma.

"In most cases, the family would just abandon the mother due to the stigma of shame. However, in this case, she has family support," said Rohani.

Jempol OCPD Supt Hamzah Alias said police had recorded the girl's statement and were looking for a 31-year-old former neighbour to assist in the probe.

It is learnt that the suspect moved out of the house in June.

Supt Hamzah said the girl and her son, who had been admitted to the Tuanku Ampuan Najihah Hos­pital in Kuala Pilah, were doing fine.

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