GENETIC MYSTERY

Black Couple Gives Birth to White Baby

A blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby was born Sunday in Britain to a black couple with no known white ancestry. Doctors said the baby, named Nmachi Ihegboro, is not an albino, though the BBC reports that the hospital has not ruled this out. Both mother and father are from Nigerian ancestry and have black skin. Father Ben Ihegboro said after the birth, “What the flip?” before adding “Is she mine?” Despite his jokes, Angela Ihegboro said their daughter is a “miracle baby.” The couple has two other children, both of whom have black skin. A genetics professor said the birth is “truly extraordinary” and said “the rules of genetics are complex, and we still don’t understand what happens in many cases.”