New baby joy for woman who was one of UK’s youngest mums at just 12-years-old

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Tressa Middleton hit the headlines when it was revealed she was pregnant despite being barely out of primary school – before it emerged she had been raped by her brother

Tressa pictured with new baby Arihanna Young and dad Darren Young at the Norton House Hotel near Edinburgh
Tressa pictured with new baby Arihanna Young and new dad Darren Young at the Norton House Hotel near Edinburgh

One of Britain’s youngest mums – who gave birth at just 12 after being raped by her own brother – has revealed she is expecting another baby girl.

Tressa Middleton was raped by her own brother and became pregnant in 2006 when she was barely out of primary school

The baby was later taken away and Tressa spiralled into depression and drug use as she fought to come to terms with her horrific ordeal.

But she has since turned her life around with partner Darren Young and the couple revealed this week that she is around 20 weeks pregnant with another daughter with him.

Tressa has turned her life around with new partner Darren Young, pictured
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Posting a scan pic, Darren said on Facebook on December 7: “It’s another girl – Arihanna is absolutely delighted.”

Arihanna is the couple’s first daughter, born weighing 8lbs 1oz in October 2017 after a 24-hour labour.

Tressa hit the headlines 15 years ago when it was revealed she was expecting a baby aged just 11.

She had suffered a damaged childhood – her mum Tracey Tallons struggled with addiction and Tressa was forced to endure late night parties.

Her older brother Jason sexually abused her from the age of seven and she fell pregnant by him when he raped her four years later.

Tressa Middleton was raped by her own brother and became pregnant in 2006 when she was barely out of primary school
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She kept the identity of the baby’s father a secret and the pair were taken into care until – aged 14 – she broke down and told a social worker what had really happened.

It led to her daughter being taken away from her and then adopted in 2008.

Jason, 19 at the time, was jailed for four years in 2009 after a DNA test proved Tressa was telling the truth.

Tressa, of Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, has spoken of her upset that she was unable to keep her first baby.

She told the Sunday Mirror in 2018: “Arihanna will always know she has a big sister. I talk to her about it now, even though she can’t understand. She’ll never be a secret.

“They are polar opposites – Arihanna is smiley and contented, while my other daughter was vocal and feisty. But I just know they’d get on.

Arihanna in hospital just after the baby was born
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“I tell Arihanna if her sister was here they’d play games together. I really hope that one day they can meet. It would mean the world to me.

“In the meantime all I want is for Arihanna to have a normal childhood, where she knows she is loved and safe.”

And she added: “I felt pure joy the moment Arihanna was born. There were times I thought I’d never have another baby.

“But I also feel guilty, because Arihanna is with me and my older daughter is not.”

An 11-year-old is believed to be the youngest ever mother in the UK after she had a child in June this year.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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