Minor has baby: no charges laid

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Police chose not to lay charges against a 21-year-old who fathered a child with a 13-year-old girl - even though he confessed to police he had been having sex with a minor. The pregnancy was highlighted last week by Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro, who used the case to illustrate "the wall of silence" protecting people who committed child abuse. The girl had started having sex from the age of 11 and Kiro claimed that no one in her family would come forward and shed any light on who was responsible. However, the Herald on Sunday understands the father turned himself in to police but was given only a verbal warning by officers.

source: Article 'Minor has baby: no charges laid' by Stephen Cook; www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10478186; The New Zealand Herald; 25 November 2007