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Teen parents who ran off with their baby have spoken for the first time.

Mamamia logo Mamamia 15/04/2017 Keryn Donnelly

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The teenage parents who sparked a country-wide search after fleeing a Sydney hospital with their newborn daughter, have spoken out for the first time.

Jayden Lavender, 14, told Seven News he and girlfriend Jenifer Morrison only ran away with little Aria Jayde Tanya because they wanted to spend Easter with her, before she was “taken away” by Child Protective Services.

“All we wanted to do was spend Easter with her, we’re a Christian family, that’s the one thing I love — we go to church and everything,” Jayden said.

“I don’t know what I did wrong, all I did was try the best for my baby…we had everything we possibly needed for her.”

Jayden and 15-year-old girlfriend Jenifer swaddled their three-day-old baby in a blanket and left Nepean Hospital just after midnight on Thursday. They caught a train to Mount Druitt where they bought a tent, sleeping bag and camping supplies from Kmart.

They spent the night camping in Willmot, in Sydney's west, while police searched the city for them.

On Friday they were found in Captain Cook Dr in Willmot, and Aria was taken back to Nepean Hospital.

Jenifer fought back tears as she spoke to Seven News, saying she felt “broken” after being separated from Aria.

“I would be a good mother for her, I just want her home and safe,” she said.

Tracey Lavender, Jayden's mother, has been keeping a bedside vigil over baby Aria in Nepean Hospital.

“While she’s in hospital I’m going to be there by her side,” she said.

Tracey said her son Jayden and his partner Jenifer made the decision to smuggle their baby out of hospital after they were told they would not be able to take Aria home with them.

“You’re talking about two kids that have just had a baby, that just wanted to stay with their baby — that’s all it comes down to,” she said.

Jenifer and Jayden got engaged after learning about the pregnancy and planned to get married before the baby arrived. However, the teens couldn't tie the knot because they're under 16, despite Jayden's mother declaring she would have signed her consent for them to wed.

“They’re young, yeah, they made the mistake of being young,” she said.

“[Jayden] had a choice to be a proper father and support his child or walk away," she explained. “He was at the birth and he hasn’t moved from her [and] that baby since she was born.”

The teens were interviewed by police but no charges have been laid.

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