Victorian girl, 11, gives birth

AN 11-year-old girl from a country Victorian town gave birth to a child this year, allegedly to a 30-year-old man.

The man, a family friend of the girl’s grandparents, is currently in custody facing 18 criminal charges.

He has been charged with rape, sexual penetration of a child under 16 and assault with intent and was remanded in custody pending trial.

The girl gave birth to the baby at an outer-suburban hospital.

The alleged father was arrested on September 9 after police and the Department of Human Services (DHS) were alerted to the case, a police spokeswoman said.

It is believed the DHS had not had any issues involving the girl or her family until the department was alerted to her pregnancy.

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