Report: Man fathered four with daughter
September 17, 2009
(CNN) -- An Australian man has been arrested for allegedly fathering four children with a daughter he repeatedly raped for more than 30 years, local media reported Thursday.
The man, in his 60s, began the abuse in the 1970s when the daughter was 11 and continued almost daily until 2007, said the Herald Sun newspaper, which first reported the case. The assaults resulted in four children, all with birth defects, the paper said. One later died.
"As a parent, this is just a horrific and appalling story," she said. "Court proceedings and a very broad suppression order make it impossible to go to the specifics of the story," she said. The suspect in the Australia case denied raping his daughter, but was arrested after DNA tests revealed otherwise, the newspaper said.
The alleged victim's mother told the newspaper she was unaware of the abuse, despite living in the same house. "We lived in a big house, so I wouldn't have known," she said.