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Thursday 6th August 2020

Pregnant 12-year-old sees 'husband' arrested at hospital

He says that he thought she was 20-years-old

A 40-year-old man has been arrested after he took his pregnant 'wife' to hospital.

Staff raised the alarm after believing that she was only 12-years-old.

The girl was apparently accompanied by the man, along with a woman who said she was the youngster's mother-in-law.

It has started as an 'innocent' hospital visit, as the man brought in his 20-year-old wife so that she could have a 12 week scan.

Medics at Xuzhou City Central Hospital, in East China's Jiangsu Province, reported the man to police after they found that his pregnant 'wife' was no older than 12-years-old.

The man was upset that the authorities were getting involved and demanded that the girl was seen by doctors.

A staff member said: "It's obvious she is just a child, and certainly not anywhere near 20 years old."

The man insisted, apparently saying: "I took her here to be examined - just do your job.

"Stop asking so many questions."

Staff tried to find out from the girl some personal details, including her age but she didn't speak any Mandarin.

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It turned out that the young girl didn't even possess Chinese ID.

This has raised  suspicions that she was bought as a foreign bride from neighbouring Vietnam.

Further investigations are being made as authorities try to determine her origin and the facts behind her being there.