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He is a 13-year-old who likes computer games, boxing and Manchester United. But what sets Alfie Patten from East Sussex, England, apart from other boys his age is the fact that he became a father last Monday.
Baby-faced Alfie, who is 13 but looks more like an eight-year-old, became a father four days ago when his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman,15, gave birth to their daugther Maisie Roxanne.
In an exclusive story in The Sun yesterday, Alfie was quoted as saying, "I thought it would be good to have a baby. I didn’t think about how we would afford it. I don’t really get pocket money. My dad sometimes gives me £10 (RM51.95)."
Alfie, who is just 4-feet tall, added: "When my mum found out, I thought I was going to get in trouble. We wanted to have the baby but were worried how people would react.
"I didn’t know what it would be like to be a dad. I will be good, though, and care for it."
Maisie was conceived after Chantelle and Alfie - just 12 at the time - had a single night of unprotected sex.
They found out about the baby when Chantelle was 12 weeks pregnant. However, they kept it a secret until six weeks later when Chantelle’s mother Penny, 38, became suspicious about her weight gain and confronted her.
Chantelle admitted she and Alfie, who are both being supported by their parents, would be accused of being grossly irresponsible. She said: "We know we made a mistake but I wouldn’t change it now. We will be good loving parents.
"I have started a church course and I am going to do work experience helping other young mums. I’ll be a great mum and Alfie will be a great dad."
'They have no idea what lies ahead'
Chantelle and Maisie were released from hospital earlier today. They are living with Penny, Chantelle’s jobless father Steve, 43, and her five brothers in a rented council house. The family lives on state benefits. Alfie, who lives with his mother Nicola, 43, spends most of his time at the Steadmans’ house.
He is allowed to stay overnight and even has a school uniform there so he can go straight to his classes in the morning.
Alfie’s father, Dennis, 45, who is separated from Nicola, believes the boy is scared deep down.
"Everyone is telling him things and it’s going round in his head. It hasn’t really dawned on him. He hasn’t got a clue of what the baby means and can’t explain how he feels. All he knows is mum and dad will help.
"When you mention money, he looks away. And she is reliant on her mum and dad. It’s crazy. They have no idea what lies ahead."