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.