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Incest inquiry results expected

An inquiry into how a man went undetected as he fathered six children by his own daughter is to report its findings on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old man, from Swindon, was jailed for 15 years last August for raping the woman who was sexually abused over a period of two decades.   Three of the pair's children have genetic disorders and disabilities.   The investigation into why police and social services did not know about the abuse has been going on for 18 months.   The man's daughter was eight years old when he started indecently assaulting her.

The abuse progressed to rape, and the woman, now 32, gave birth to their first child when she was 19.   A review of the case was launched after it emerged Swindon Social Services were unaware of the incest allegations until shortly before the birth of the sixth child.   An initial investigation, which ran from April to December 2003, failed to discover how the oversight occurred.   This second inquiry, by an independent consultant, began in December 2003.

It was criticised in September this year by a leading child protection specialist, who said it had taken too long to reach a conclusion.

Source: BBC News


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