(Corrects hospital location to Guadalajara, not Guatemala, with corresponding change in lede.)
Mexican authorities are trying to clear up doubts in the case of a 9-year-old girl who gave birth in order to determine, among other things, whether that is really her age, an official at the Jalisco state Attorney General's Office told Efe on Friday.
"A forensic medical exam" has been requested "to estimate her probable age as indicated by her physical development," the official said.
Doctors who attended the girl at Guadalajara's Hospital General de Occidente and neighbors of the family say the girl appears older than her birth certificate indicates.
Jalisco Health Secretary Jose Antonio Muñoz said she might be 12 or 13, but added that it would require a series of exams to know her age with any certainty.
On Jan. 27, doctors performed a Cesarean section on the girl, and last weekend both mother and baby were released from hospital.
As to the whereabouts of the new mother, the official at the AG's office said that she and her family left their home to escape reporters.
Several irregularities must be investigated, Muñoz said, including the fact that the family never reported that the girl was expecting, even though they knew about it from her third month of pregnancy.
About who got the minor pregnant, prosecutor Tomas Coronado said they are looking for the youth that the girl says is the baby's father.
If the father is a minor, he could be accused of child sex abuse, but if he is older than 18 he would be charged with rape, the prosecutor said. EFE