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12-year-old girl falls pregnant to live-in boyfriend

The father of a pregnant 12-year-old girl who is set to become one of Australia’s youngest ever mothers says he warned authorities she was at risk.

News that the troubled young girl is six months pregnant to her 15 year old boyfriend has sparked outrage.

NSW Community Services Minister Linda Burney admitted her department had made “major mistakes” in not acting on the father’s concerns.

The father contacted DOCS when he learned his daughter, who lived with his estranged wife, started sharing a bed at the age of 11 when her boyfriend moved into their home.

“It’s a disturbing case. It is true in my view that DoCS should have intervened more strenuously than what they did,” she said.

Police said they were also unable to intervene because both children were under the age of consent. If the boy had been 18 or older, police would have immediately begun a criminal investigation.

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