11-Yr-Old Girl Gives Birth And Makes Her Mom The World's Youngest Grandma At 23!

Mon, March 7, 2011 2:17pm EDT by 79 Comments

iStockRifca Stanescu gave birth to her daughter Maria when she was only 13! And now at 12, Maria is a mother to a 2-year-old boy.

Despite Rifca Stanescu‘s pleas for her daughter Maria to stay in school, the 11-year-old girl ran away, got married and got pregnant with her husband’s baby. That’s right, she was only 11! But the thing is, Rifca, a gypsy from Investi, Romania, was in a similar situation at age 13 when she became pregnant with Maria. History repeats itself.

At the age of 11, Rifca ran away with her now husband Ionel, who was only 13 at the time. The pair got married and concieved Maria, who is now a young mother herself to 2-year-old, Ion. “I am happy to be a grandmother but I wished something else for Maria – and something else for me.,” Rifca tells the The Sun. “Ion is a good boy – and he is already engaged to a girl aged 8. Boys are always good to have – they don’t have to suffer as much girls I think.’

Already engaged? Seems weird right, but in Romanian gypsy culture that’s normal. Rifca was promised to be married to someone else at the age of two, but once she met Ionel, she denied her family’s wishes and ran away with him. “I wanted to marry him, so I agreed, and of course after we had spent the night together then there was no way anyone could separate us,” Rifca explains.

In gypsy culture, virginity is greatly prized and girls marry young so that their new husbands are assured they are virgins. If a woman loses her virginity before marriage, the deal is off. After Maria’s birth, Ionel’s family paid Rifca’s father a dowry and so that everything could be settled.

So when Maria decided at the age of 11 to get married, Rifca couldn’t really do anything about it. “I did not try to stop my daughter getting married because this is the tradition,” she says, “it’s what happens.”

What do you think of all this, HollyMoms? Interesting, right?

–Leigh Blickley

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Dumb People

Posted at 11:07 PM on March 14, 2011  

Wow this is crazy. I can believe someone that went through it themselfs wouldnt try to teach there child different. this is really uncalled for. if people would just take care of there kids they wouldnt be out having sex. she had to much freedom and its sad that her mother was so dumb to just let her do whatever.

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Nicole

Posted at 5:55 PM on March 13, 2011  

Ok,It seems like this 11-year old girl made the same mistake as her MOTHER. If you due the math and her mother is 23 and shes 11, that would mean her mother was ONLY 12 when she was born!

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JORJE

Posted at 7:41 PM on March 16, 2011  

YES THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN IS A MISTAKE THE SHOULD THROU AWAY THE BABIES AND CLOSE WHITE VAGINA

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mike

Posted at 4:54 PM on March 11, 2011  

As long as they stay in Romainia. Gypsies are a culture unto thier own, and they don’t mix well with other cultures.

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raley

Posted at 3:26 PM on March 11, 2011  

Just sayin this girl is CRAZY to get married and crap… She needs to wait at age 11 is TO YOUNG

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SUE

Posted at 12:57 PM on March 11, 2011  

FOR REAL? BABIES HAVING BABIES

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GHEDAFFI

Posted at 7:39 PM on March 16, 2011  

WHAT DO U THINK WHY GOD IS SO ABOMINABLE TO ALLOW THAT F U CK GOD. ALLAH IS BETTER!!! ALL CHRISTIAN GIRL SHOULD DIE GOD IS A RAPER

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Jennifer

Posted at 11:45 PM on March 10, 2011  

Not that long ago this was the norm. Would I want my daughters having kids at 11, no. But it’s all about what culture you grow up in.

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AlbertaGIRL

Posted at 11:28 PM on March 10, 2011  

Holy Crap i could not even think how this girl could say good bye to her child hood . she doesn’t even get all the first in her life like school your first crush and then breaks your heart , your graduation. This culture is something i would like to maybe learn more about it. Good Luck to her and her family i hope that baby has a great life

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misty

Posted at 11:06 AM on March 10, 2011  

OMG! At 11 I would barely trust my kid to keep a gold fish alive….not to mention a baby!!!! I guess every culture is diferent. I’m glad my babies (ages 17 and 11) get to stay kids themselves a little longer.

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lacy

Posted at 10:40 AM on March 10, 2011  

ummmmm wow hunny a lil young you think im only twelve but even i learned my lesson after juvy she should hae learned from her mom

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wow

Posted at 7:37 AM on March 10, 2011  

WOW. speechless.

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victoria

Posted at 7:17 AM on March 10, 2011  

whoa kinda weird nd interestin!!!!!!!!!!

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Beth

Posted at 10:33 PM on March 9, 2011  

its interesting but is she crazy having sex and getting married at 11! OMG thats just out of this world

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Fly N Dance

Posted at 7:25 PM on March 9, 2011  

i don’t judge their culture but it’s really disturbing. common 11 years old is a kid who barely knows about life, what more raising another life. if u can’t support even yourself bec u have no job, how will u support another one? is it the life u want to give your children, no education, no enough food? if they get sick, how about the medical expenses, are they going to depend on another people all their lives. a true parent always wants the best for his/her child.

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Sarah

Posted at 6:17 PM on March 9, 2011  

This is sick and disgusting. Babies having babies and a world who’s population continues to outgrow it’s resources. These children will live in poverty and so will their children as the cycle of poverty continues. When a child as young as 11 years old gives birth, our problems becomes so much bigger. It’s really sad…it breaks my heart

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Carmine

Posted at 5:24 PM on March 9, 2011  

All im gonna say is every culture has different gypsie and types of people.we shouldnt persecute gypsies by soemthing which happened have mostn of you even got evidence to back up your statements.if yuor hating on gypsies why look on this.Think before you speak.and if you really needed money and were poor and had no house maybe you would beg.so that settles it.

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MeRomo

Posted at 6:24 PM on March 9, 2011  

Honey, they DONT WANT jobs. our gov. offers them but they dont want them.

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MoreMia

Posted at 11:13 AM on March 9, 2011  

This…was very confusing..

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Carol

Posted at 12:12 PM on March 8, 2011  

Now ownder countries like Italy and France want tokick these illegal immigrants out.

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Disgusted

Posted at 9:16 AM on March 9, 2011  

No, you’re just racism.
You’re statement makes about as much sense as the infamous judge in America that said “I’m not racist, I just don’t think the races should mix” because he felt one was superior to the other.
Before you criticize people for not getting an education, please learn to type properly.
You’re generalizing an entire people. Maybe the Gypsy’s by you are like that, but can you say that you’ve honestly spent time in every far corner of your country and studied them to see if they are all like that in your country? And what about those out of your country?
Ignorant, bigot, idiot. I’ll give options on words.

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Disgusted

Posted at 9:17 AM on March 9, 2011  

*racist. I edited the original sentence but that didn’t get edited.

 
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MeRomo

Posted at 6:21 PM on March 9, 2011  

english is my 3rd language.so eff off !!

 
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MeRomo

Posted at 6:30 PM on March 9, 2011  

And hey “Mr Spelling” do you know what’s the difference btw “you’re” and “your” ? not really!
And as i said my spouse is half black so the mixture “your” talking about has been made already.
And Romania is very small .(22.5 mil) I have friends in all of its Not-So-Far-Corners.the gypsies are all the same here…and apparently the same in Bulgaria too .
So chew on that for a while

 
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Posted at 7:59 AM on March 8, 2011  

Hey,I’m Bulgarian and gypsies are the same way around here!They don’t work (some of them have never worked) and live off wellfare. All they do is steal and coplain of our country.
In my opinion Americans got a distorted picture of them!

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MeRomo

Posted at 12:10 PM on March 8, 2011  

A very very distorted picture of them.i see american teams coming to romania all the time and help them….americans got it all wrong! my mom helped gypsies a lot of times but one time a gypsy kid spitted on her face, ever since than we stopped helping them !

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Carol

Posted at 12:16 PM on March 8, 2011  

No a very accurate picture. ABbut 10 years ago Miss Itlay was a gypsy but quit because she found out that it was actually a job. She stated in interviwes that in her culture they don’t work so she quit. And yes she didn’t go to school either.
ANd they are notrious pick pocketers.

 
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Jasmine

Posted at 2:05 AM on March 8, 2011  

Different culture different norms. Besides this is not the worse fate a child can face.

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Ball

Posted at 7:41 PM on March 7, 2011  

Whoever gave birth to MeDogRusso . That piece of garbage should be disposed of before it stinks up any space.

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Chana

Posted at 12:39 AM on March 8, 2011  

@MeRomo….What is a nigga???? I hope you aren’t referring to what I think you may be? How old are you? Leave gypsies alone!

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MeRomo

Posted at 12:13 PM on March 8, 2011  

Dont get me wrong . i am not racist. my husband is half black and i have nothing against black people. I actually love black people but don’t like the “n*ggas”. i love white people but don’t like the “white trash” . its the same with gypsies too. maybe not all of them are bad but most of them are!

 
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Q

Posted at 11:00 AM on March 9, 2011  

Hey, Don’t call white people, ( White Trash )!! You should’nt Lable people. Keep ur mean bad thoughts to yourself.

 
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MeRomo

Posted at 6:19 PM on March 9, 2011  

are you not using your brain ? i am calling white trash the ones that are “white trash”, not all of the white people are white trash honey. go in Virginia&Tennessee and you’ll imediatly see whos white trash or not :)

 
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MeRomo

Posted at 6:31 PM on March 7, 2011  

Just becasue “a person from a getto neighbourhood” kills somebody it doesn’t mean “the american culture” is like that. Gypsies are like n*ggas in Romania. Not all of them are bad but 85% for sure. They bring a bad name &shame to our country!

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Ball

Posted at 7:38 PM on March 7, 2011  

Look MePussRomo, you are a racist dog he should be put down.

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Ball

Posted at 7:39 PM on March 7, 2011  

Nasty wheat boy.

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Sky

Posted at 12:18 AM on March 10, 2011  

and they say racism is dead. you will have to answer for every unkind word. you will have to account for every deed, and you will be judged!

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MeRomo

Posted at 6:28 PM on March 7, 2011  

IT IS NOT TRUE PEOPLE !! It’s not the Romanian culture!!! Romanians don’t do this kinda stupid things . it’s the gypsies that get married(if) and also have babies before they hit 15….and of course they go and beg on the streets for money cause they don’t have a job. Why? cause when they didn’t finish school…And that’s how Romania gets a bad name. Stupid gypsies also go in other countries and steal or beg….

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Ball

Posted at 7:42 PM on March 7, 2011  

You got a bad name too, THUG!!!

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Melissa

Posted at 3:25 AM on March 8, 2011  

racist much??? It’s a different CULTURE, thank you… how dare you say something like ‘stupid gypsies’ regarding one of the most persecuted, misunderstood, alienated cultures in the history of the world? RACISM. Pure and simple, and you know not of what you speak…

Gypsies are kind, loving, family oriented and quite magical… it’s an enthralling culture many wish to embrace… but closed-minded morons keep that from happening around the world, to this day. Get. Help.

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MeRomo

Posted at 7:27 AM on March 8, 2011  

Dude, im romanian. i live here with them and yes THEY ARE STUPID. ! all they do all day long is just beg for money and steal from romanians. you give them money today,adn tomorrow they come with their whole family to ask for more.if you dont give them , they spit on your face and throw trash in front of your door. if you think thats ok than….u need to get help.

 
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MeRomo

Posted at 7:31 AM on March 8, 2011  

What ?!!?!?! Family oriented ? you knwo what they do to their family ? they give birth to innocent babies and break their arms and legs so that they are handicap for the rest of their lives, than romanians feel bad for them and give them money. if that is family oriented …..please! they might be different in other countries but in Romania, gypsies are nothing like what youve describbed them to be !

 
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jhj

Posted at 1:49 AM on March 20, 2011  

do you even know any that you come up with that garbage? they are stupid and pretty gross

 
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Phyllis

Posted at 3:47 PM on March 7, 2011  

Romanian and Romany culture and not the same. I believe it’s “normal” in the Romany/Gypsy culture, but not the culture of the whole country of Romania.

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MeRomo

Posted at 6:34 PM on March 7, 2011  

(Gypsies)yes they do arrange their kid’s marriages but i’ve never heard a romanian parent to do that to their kids and i’ve lived in romania for better than 20 yrs. This is so frustrating!

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Lisa

Posted at 3:41 PM on March 7, 2011  

That is just wrong on so many levels!

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Tess

Posted at 3:06 PM on March 7, 2011  

Very interesting!

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minnie

Posted at 1:58 PM on March 8, 2011  

well i think if a 11 yr old has a baby, and can spread her legs as a child she should have to make it work sounds like the mother did fine and whos say anything about anyones culture that is wrong, my beliefs no not a child at 11 should but i cant say anything bad i dont agree with it of course but dont put ppl down because of there culture if romany have all the wealth there why cant they help others out but like i said cant judge someone only give ur opinion

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nonny

Posted at 8:45 PM on March 8, 2011  

Is English your first language? Or did you drop out of school at age 11 too?

 
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tasha

Posted at 4:00 PM on March 9, 2011  

haha!

 
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