Leamington Spa police have issued an advisory on how to keep a child safe from incest if they have been involved in an incest story.
The advice comes after an article about an Australian family in their 20s who was charged with incest after their 13-year-old son, Daniel, was found in an upstairs bedroom with his mother, who was also 13 at the time.
The pair were later found in a bathroom in a Melbourne home where they had been separated.
Police said the incident was not considered to be incestuous.
“We want to stress that incest is an act of sexual violence,” a Leamingston Spa police spokeswoman said.
“It is an offence under the Crimes Act and it carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.”
A child’s best interests are our priority and any sexual activity that involves a child will be taken very seriously.
“Daniel was found to have “severe physical injuries”, which would require surgery and medical treatment, the police said.
The girl and her mother are now charged with one count of committing an act with intent to commit incest, and one count each of inciting the commission of an offence against a child under 13, one count and one charge of inciting a child to commit an offence, for allegedly having sex with Daniel while he was a child.
Daniel’s mother has been charged with four counts of child abuse, one of which involves causing bodily harm to Daniel.
Police said it was unclear how the case could be classified as a domestic violence case, but it was possible the alleged offences were related to Daniel’s mother’s relationship with the boy.
Officers said they were “not aware” of any reports of a sexual assault against Daniel in recent years, and were continuing to investigate.
A separate Leamingson Spa mother is also charged with three counts of inciting another person to commit a crime.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or email [email protected]