Outrage in NSW over allowing 12-yr-old pregnant girl to live with 15-yr-old beauJune 16th, 2009 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, June 16 (ANI): The New South Wales Department Of Community Services (DOCS) has given rise to a controversy by allowing a 12-year-old Aussie girl to live with her 15-year-old boyfriend, despite her father’s constant pleas against it.
The girl, who is set to become one of the youngest mothers in the State, used to share a bed with her live-in boyfriend since the age of 11.
The girl’s mother had allowed the boy to move into their home, but the DOCS failed to take any action despite her father’s repeated pleas with the staff.
Cops said that they were also unable to intervene because both children were under the age of consent, and they could have only started a criminal investigation if the boy was 18.
The girl’s father, who is separated from the mother, discovered she was pregnant after he took custody of her in March.
And now, the girl is halfway through her pregnancy.
Her father is angry that it was the news of her pregnancy that made government agencies to finally take notice of the situation.
The department admitted that it failed to act earlier because its staff were working on more urgent cases.
Senior police said because the children were both under the age of consent and the girl failed to make a complaint of sexual abuse when she was interviewed, they were unable to act after the girl’s father came to them on March 31.
“The NSW Department of Community Services has been working with a pregnant 12-year-old girl and her family,” the Daily Telegraph quoted a spokeswoman as saying.
She added: “DOCS had received reports about this girl previously. Because of more urgent cases, the department took some action to investigate this case, but acknowledges more intensive casework could have been done.”
DOCS said that the girl would be offered ongoing counselling, parenting advice and educational services. (ANI)
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