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MADRID - A ROMANIAN Gypsy woman whose 10-year-old daughter just gave birth in Spain says she's delighted to have a new granddaughter and doesn't understand why the birth has shocked anyone - let alone become an international sensation.
Spanish authorities have released few details about the case to protect the girl's privacy. But in comments published Wednesday, her mother told reporters the baby's father is a 13-year-old boy who is still in Romania and is no longer going out with her daughter.
The 10-year-old girl and her baby daughter plan to stay in Spain because the young couple separated, said the girl's mother. She identified herself only as Olimpia and appeared to be in her 30s but did not give her age.
She also said she didn't understand the attention the case was generating because she and her daughter are Romanian Gypsies, or Roma, and their custom is to allow girls to marry young even though that's against the law in Romania.
'That's the way we get married,' the girl's mother told reporters on Tuesday outside the modest apartment building in the southern town of Lebrija where the family lives. Meanwhile, the story was going viral on the Internet and causing an uproar in Spain.
'Mother at 10 years old' blared a headline in Barcelona's Vanguardia newspaper, which dedicated two pages to the story. In contrast, news about the 10-year-old mother barely registered in Romania, with stories buried inside newspapers focusing on the controversy the birth had caused among Spaniards.
Girl's mum happy she gave birth