Britain's Youngest Mother Grows Marijuana 'To Escape Stress'
A teenage girl once dubbed "Britain's youngest mom" has been caught growing marijuana in her home.
Amy Crowhurst became Britain's youngest mom when she fell pregnant at the age of 12. Now 19 and the single mother of two from Crawley, West Sussex, Crowhurst admitted producing and taking the class B drug marijuana in her home.
On August 4, police raided Crowhurst's home and found 5.2g of marijuana and growing equipment. Three weeks later, she was again caught with 1.2g of marijuana on her. She pleaded guilty to three separate charges of producing and possessing the class B substance, and was sentenced to a community order for nine months, ordered to pay £40 costs, and told to participate in a drug rehabilitation course.
She told the court she had been using marijuana as a recreational hobby with friends since the age of 16, and only took the drug because she couldn't afford to pay for alcohol. She said smoking marijuana is a way for her escape stress and cope with everyday life.
Just after giving birth to Alfie, now six, she said: 'I know I was stupid to get pregnant but I'm not that bothered really. Of course I wish it had never happened but it's too late now. All I'd say to other girls like me is take more care than I did. I'm OK now but I don't know how I'll feel when my friends are older and going out at night and I have to stay in and look after Alfie.'
In 2005, at age 15, Crowhurst conceived a second child with the same partner. She missed months of lessons at school due to her pregnancy, and her mother, Rose, gave up her job to take care of Crowhurst's children.