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These days, most Americans get married in their mid-to-late twenties, have kids a few years later, and expect grandkids after, say, another twenty to thirty years. Not so in Romanian gypsy circles. Consider the case of gypsy wife Rifca Stanescu--the world's youngest granny at 23 years old. Here she is below with her grandson, Ion.

Stanescu married her husband when she was 12 years old, after running away from home village of Investi, Romania. A year later, she gave birth to her daughter Maria. Then Maria followed in her mother's footsteps, and got married at 10 years old. A few months later, when Maria was 11, she gave birth to a boy named Ion. As a result, Rifca Stanescu became a 23-year old grandmother.

Now 25-years old, Stanescu told The Sun,  "I am happy to be a grandmother but I wished something else for Maria - and something else for me." Stanescu begged her daughter to stay in school, but ultimately did not fight her daughter's decision to be betrothed. "I did not try to stop my daughter getting married because this is the tradition, it's what happens."

The grandson, pictured above with his grandparents, is already engaged to an 8-year old girl. That cradle-robbing minx!

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