11-year-old becomes world’s youngest mom, dad faces jail time
An 11-year old Bulgarian girl gave birth to a baby girl after going into labor on her wedding day.
Kordeza Zhelyazkova became pregnant two weeks before her 11th birthday and was set to marry boyfriend Jeliazko Dimitrov, 19, when she went into labor during her three-day wedding last month.
“I’m not going to play with toys any more — I have a new toy now,”
The bride-to-be was still wearing her wedding dress and tiara when she arrived at a hospital to give birth to daughter Violeta.
She admitted that she had not known about sex education or even how to get pregnant. She presumed she was putting on weight from eating too many burgers until her grandmother suggested she was pregnant.
Zhelyazkova met Dimitrov in the playground of her school when he rescued her from bullies. Their daughter was conceived within a week. Dimitrov now faces up to six years in jail for having sex with a minor.
It is not uncommon for Bulgarian girls to become pregnant while in their teens. Most brides in the country are between 14 and 17 years of age.
Zhelyazkova is believed to be the youngest person in the world to give birth , although some say a 5-year-old girl in Peru gave birth to a baby boy in 1939.