Who Raped and Impregnated 4-Year-Old Lina Medina?

Sadly, she became the world’s youngest mother at only 5 years old.

Malinda Fusco
4 min readAug 15, 2022


Photo by Sarah Louise Kinsella on Unsplash

On May 14th, 1939, Lina Medina gave birth via c-section to a healthy baby boy. Sadly, Lina was only five years old.

This is the story of how Lina Medina became the world’s youngest mother and the mystery surrounding the crime of her sexual abuse.

A Horrifying Discovery

It was spring of 1939. Lina Medina and her parents, Tiburelo Medina and Victoria Losea, lived in a remote village in Peru. They had a seemingly normal life until her mother noticed a large swelling in her abdomen.

As the swelling grew, Lina’s parents feared for her life, assuming it was a tumor.

Lina’s parents brought her to a doctor in Lima to get the “tumor” evaluated. To their shock and horror, they discovered that their daughter was seven months pregnant.

Lina Medina; Source

According to further medical assessments, her parents were further horrified to find out that Lina had been four years old when she became pregnant.

Lina’s case obviously outraged the world. It raised a lot of questions. How could this physically happen? Who was the person to rape her and impregnate her?

Physically, scientists and doctors who studied her case said that it was, in fact, quite possible for a four-year-old to get pregnant…

“Precocious Puberty”

According to pediatric endocrinologists, precocious puberty is a rare genetic condition in which a child’s body changes sexually and goes through extremely early puberty.

Typically, precocious puberty is defined as earlier than 8 for girls and 9 for boys.

Lina Medina; Source

Girls with precocious puberty often get their periods and breasts. Boys with precocious puberty will get a deeper voice and facial hair. Girls…