Another one for the WTF files.

The Sun is reporting that a 23-year-old mother of two is the world’s youngest grandmother.  And while this story is troubling on so many levels, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I breathed a sigh of relief when I found out she wasn’t black (Why? Peep ‘The Black Box’).

After fleeing Romania at 11 because of an arranged marriage, Rifca Stanescu—who is a Gypsy—ran away to marry her 13-year-old childhood sweetheart, Lonel. She soon gave birth to her daughter, Maria, at the tender age of 12.

Although Rifca Stanescu, now 25, urged her daughter not to follow in her footsteps, Maria repeated her parents’ pattern and ran away to marry her boyfriend when she was just 10. Maria, now 11, gave birth to a son just six months later.

Despite the fact that marrying and having babies young is a common practice in her culture, Stanescu says she wanted something different for her young daughter. “I am happy to be a grandmother but wished more for Maria.”

But it looks like the tradition will continue. According to the young granny, Maria’s son, Ion—now two—is already engaged to an eight-year-old girl.

Lord help them.


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  • I don’t know why this site makes reference to tabloids like The sun and the Daily Mail…they are trash newspapers in the UK, even us here never take them seriously. They are racists and unreliable sources…this is just another attempt to breath prejudice on the Traveller Community all off the back of a TV docu-series aired in the UK called ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ The tabloids just wont let it go and now this. The Series did shed some light on some crazy aspects of their culture but when will they stop trying to discredit this minority group?

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the girl in the pic is in her 40s.


  • Jaslene

    The National Enquirer usually merits a lot of truth most of the major scandals have been broken by the National Enquirer first.