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    Dec 13, 2013

    Aussie kids removed after generations of incest


    MANY of Betty Colt's 13 offspring are fathered either by her father or, possibly, her brother.

    Her oldest son and daugher, Derek and Tammy, have three young kids of their own.

    The children appeared to have deformities, were undernourished, and rarely attended school. They could barely speak intelligibly, reports said.

    In a case that has shocked Australia, 12 children between the ages of five and 16 were removed last year from an incestuous community living on a secluded farm in New South Wales.

    The extended family of 40 moved across three states in Australia to escape detection, reported in a detailed account of four generations of inbreeding.

    There were five family units made up of Betty's brothers and sisters and their children, all entangled in incestuous relationships with each other.

    Eight of the Colt children have parents who are closely related - that is either brother and sister, mother and son or father and daughter. A further six have parents who are "related", said.

    The report was based on court documents filled with "accounts of incestuous underage sex". The documents gave the family the pseudonym Colt to protect their identity.

    Living in squalid tents and sheds with no running water, the children did not know how to brush their teeth, wash their hair or use a toilet.

    Betty, 46, who slept with her brother Charles in the marital bed, allowed the children to engage in rampant sexual activity with each other, as well as the adults, the report said.

    They also mutilated animals.

    Her son, Bobby Colt, 15, has a walking impairment and severe psoriasis.

    He wet and soiled the bed and his learning ability was at kindergarten level, The Australian Telegraph reported.

    His brother, Billy, 14, could not read or count and had sight and hearing problems.

    Most of the children were in a similarly bad state and had no basic concept of hygiene.

    Some children have been placed with foster families, while others are being counselled for sexualised behaviour and psychological trauma, and they have some contact with their parents and siblings.

    The mothers are due to be charged, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.