ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has given birth to a son, a magazine reported yesterday.
Bristol Palin, 18, gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on Saturday, People magazine reported online. He weighed seven pounds, four oz.
Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother, told the magazine: “The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well.”
The governor’s office said it would not release information because it considers the baby’s birth a private, family matter.
Palin family members and hospital employees either would not confirm the birth or did not return messages.
The father is Levi Johnston, a former hockey player at Alaska’s Wasilla High School.
Palin announced Sept. 1, the first day of the Republican National Convention at which she was nominated to run for U.S. vice-president, that her unwed daughter was pregnant.
The campaign issued a statement saying Bristol “and the young man” would be married.
Levi Johnston’s mother eventually disclosed her 18-year-old son was the father. The following week, the young man attended the convention in St. Paul, Mn. when Palin accepted the nomination.
The announcement that the unmarried Bristol Palin, 17 at the time, was pregnant immediately drew concerns it could damage Palin’s credibility as a religious conservative. But many observers noted the pregnancy served to humanize the Palins and showcase the candidate’s rejection of abortion.
Sherry Johnston, Levi’s mother, said in October that Bristol and her son were considering a summer wedding.
Levi Johnston said that month that he and Bristol loved each other and wanted to be married. Johnston, who dropped out of high school to take a job on the North Slope oil fields as an apprentice electrician, said he was a little shocked to learn Bristol was pregnant, but quickly warmed to the idea of being a father.
He said the two had planned to marry even before Bristol became pregnant.
Johnston, an avid hunter, hinted at the time that they were expecting a boy. He said he already was looking forward to taking the boy hunting and fishing.
Johnston’s mother was arrested on felony drug charges this month after state troopers served a search warrant at her Wasilla home. Authorities said she sent text messages to two police informants in which she discussed making drug transactions involving OxyContin, a strong prescription painkiller.
Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have five children ranging in age from Trig, seven months, to Track, 19. In between are Willow, 14, Piper, seven, and Bristol.