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12-year-old sister of Britain's youngest mom pregnant

world Updated: May 05, 2010 12:15 IST

The younger sister of Britain's youngest mother has become pregnant at age 12 and nobody it seems is very surprised.

The schoolgirl told her shocked friends that she was pregnant, but later said she had suffered a miscarriage, The Sun reported on Wednesday.

The girl, now 13, shared the news with her friends on a social networking site.

She is the younger sister of the girl who became the country's youngest mother when she was just 11.

"The sisters are extremely close and the younger one always said she wanted to grow up just like her big sister and have a baby of her own. Nobody was very surprised when she announced that she was pregnant," a family friend was quoted as saying.

The girl was taken into care from her home in West Lothian.

A friend said: "The wee girl always looked up to her big sister and wanted to follow in her footsteps. Unfortunately that meant getting pregnant before she'd even hit her teens. What's the point in bringing even more children into this family, just so they can be put into care too?".

The girl claimed her unborn child's father didn't believe she was pregnant and she said required "drink and drugs" to help her forget her loss. She also talked about having sex after running away.

"This story is a real tragedy - it's history repeating itself. The girl is nothing more than a child herself, yet she's talking about drink, drugs and sex. She shouldn't even know about these things at her age.

"It's like her big sister all over again. She drank and chain-smoked and got into trouble all the time," a source said.

West Lothian Council spokesman said: "It's not appropriate to discuss individual cases."