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Australian girl, 12, ‘had no idea about pregnancy’ until childbirth at home

[tert.am – 1/26/19]

A 12-year-old girl who gave birth at a home in Western Australia could be charged over the pregnancy – along with the baby’s father.

Youth Legal Service WA solicitor Sally Dechow said the charges could be brought against the pair as the conception was considered illegal under state law, The West reported.

WA Police believe the baby’s father is a child of similar age to the mother and was 11 at the the time of the pregnancy.

Ms Dechow pointed out even though the pair are both under the age of 16 and were willing participants at the time, the law states they were below the age of consent.

She went so far as to say a charge and conviction could land someone on the registered child sex offender list.

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