12-Year-Old Girl Impregnated By Her 14-Year-Old Step Brother
It has been revealed that the male who impregnated a 12-year-old Perth girl was her 14-year-old step brother.
The 12-year-old became one of the youngest mothers in the state's history earlier this month after giving birth to a healthy child.
It has been reported that the young girl wasn't aware she was pregnant until she went into labour at home.
The Department of Communities has confirmed there is a joint support effort underway for both the mother and child.
"A coordinated response is required from a range of State Government and external support agencies both in the short and long term in order to make a lasting difference to the wellbeing of all affected parties,' it told the Midland Reporter.
"The Department of Communities, the WA Police and Department of Health work together intensively in the best interests of all concerned."
The 14-year-old father of the baby was reportedly living in the same house as the girl when she fell pregnant at the age of 11.
While the pair could be charged for engaging in sexual activity (under 16’s can’t consent), charges are unlikely to be laid against either of the young parents.
There have been 12 registered births to mothers aged 12 since 1980 - the youngest to ever give birth - according to WA Health Department records.