Tribal law affects case of 10-year-old mother
Colombian authorities say they're frustrated in attempts to file criminal charges against the young father of a baby born two weeks ago to a 10-year-old ethnic Wayuu girl.
That's because the Wayuu people have their own justice system and rarely cooperate with Colombian officials in such matters, says Maria Gladys Pabon, chief prosecutor in Riohacha, the regional capital.
Under Colombian law, sexual relations with a child age 14 or younger is punishable by at least nine years in prison.
But legal and indigenous affairs experts say Wayuu have jurisdiction under Colombia's jurisdiction.
The girl gave birth on March 29 via Caesarean section and among the youngest mothers on record. Authorities say the father is 15.
The baby weighed 5.6 pounds (2.6 kilos) and measured 14.5 inches (47 centimeters) at birth.