New 13-year-old dad to receive the “birds and bees talk”

Seems about nine months too late, if you ask us


A 13-year old boy and 15-year old girl who both still live at home with their parents in East Sussex, England plan to co-parent their baby girl who was born four days ago. Alfie Patten, who’s 4-feet tall and hasn’t hit puberty yet, was 12 when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman, 15, conceived after one night of unprotected sex. The couple discovered Steadman was pregnant at 12 weeks but kept it secret for another six weeks until she was confronted by her mother. Alfie’s father, Denny, who has nine children, says he plans to sit down with his son for “the birds and the bees talk”: “Some may say it’s too late but he needs to understand so there is not another baby.” Alfie, who says he doesn’t know what diapers cost, says he¹s thrilled to be a dad: “We wanted to have the baby but were worried about how people would react,” he told The Sun newspaper.

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New 13-year-old dad to receive the “birds and bees talk”

  1. Piece of friendly advice to the Pattens. If Alfie hasn’t hit puberty yet, there’s, at minimum, the need to consider that he might not actually be the father.

    No objection to the birds and the bees talk (he’s 12 years old for crying out loud — Mum & Dad are waaaay more than 9 months late on that one!), but a couple of properly applied Q-tips to the cheeks might be in order here.

    • myl

      I too was wondering about the not hit puberty yet comment. Maybe the entire family needs to have the birds and bees talk?

      • Looks like name-ism to me. Alfie was an unfortunate choice by Mom and Dad.

  2. If this happened in Canada, as per Bill C-278 we’d probably have to throw the 15 year old girl in jail.

  3. “The schoolboy was reported to be Britain’s current youngest father last week after Chantelle Steadman, 15, gave birth to 7lb 3oz daughter Maisie.

    However, it has now emerged that two other boys, aged 14 and 16, claim they could have fathered the child.

    Chantelle’s neighbours in Eastbourne, Sussex, have also alleged that at least four boys had been allowed to spend the night in her room. ” Sunday Telegraph, Feb 15 ’09

    This has turned into a rather sordid tale. Both of Alfie’s parents appear to be milking the boy’s situation for all it’s worth by demanding money for their stories and we now we have more potential fathers trying to get into the act as well.

    • An interesting twist to the usual situation of a handful of young gentlemen running away as fast as possible, praying to a freshly-acquainted god that he might not be the father…

  4. Why isit that this makes international news when the father is fourteen, but rarely does it make the news if its the mother. I remember back in secondary school one of my thirteen year old classmates got pregnant- and whilst it certainly made the community grapevine and school gossip, I don’t recall any international headlines, although I’m sure it seemed so to the girl.

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