A pregnant girl, 13, has claimed she fell in love at first sight with a boy, 10, who she claims is the dad of her baby.
Darya, 13, and Ivan, 10, appeared on TV in Russia to share details about their relationship.
The children claim they met a year ago and fell in love at first sight.
They appeared on the On Air show with parental permission, with Darya revealed they had been introduced through mutual friends.
Eight-weeks-pregnant, Darya is adamant that Ivan is the dad to her unborn child.
Scientists have however questioned whether it is possible that he could have even fathered the tot due to his under-developed sperm.
Speaking on TV, Darya said: “A friend of mine introduced us and two days later we started dating.
“Ivan said he was in love with me. We tried to spend as much time together as we could.
“We like walking down the streets holding hands and kissing.”
Their case has caused uproar in their native Russia and scientists are questions the tale told Darya.
Darya claimed it was Ivan’s idea to have sex and they locked themselves in his room.
She said: “I did not think that aged 10 he can do such things… I thought that nothing would happen.”
Ivan revealed he gave her roses they first started dating, and he said it “cannot be” that anyone else is the dad.
The girl and her mother want to keep the baby but it is too early in the pregnancy for a DNA check on the child.
Darya’s mum Elena said: “She confessed that she was with Ivan…and had a good time once.
“I cannot understand how this could be? Just wake me up, I cannot believe it.”
And Ivan’s mum Galina also stood by her son’s story, saying “I believe my son that he is the father.”
She added: “He is just a child, no matter if he feels himself older.”
Dr Evgeny Grekov, a urology and andrology expert, denied Ivan could be the father – saying there “cannot be sperm cells”.
He said: “We rechecked the laboratory results three times so there cannot be any mistake.”
The medic said Ivan barely started adrenarche – the early stage of sexual maturation.
He said: “There is even no testosterone. And just to add, he still has childish sex organs.
“Puberty has not started. So we have a lot of questions.”
The Rossiya 1 channel show – called ‘Father at 10!?’ – highlighted a neighbour in Zheleznogorsk.
He insisted the girl had an older partner and claimed they had just pinned it on Ivan.
Darya, however, denied this and insisted he was the father.
Psychologist Denis Davydov said when Darya was interrogated on whether she had had anyone else, she gave a “sharp rejection”.
“This gives me the right to say that she had no contacts with other boys or men, she only had Vanya as a partner,” he claimed.