TWO men wearing balaclavas have poured petrol on a two-year-old boy and threatened to burn him alive in front of his mother during a horrifying home invasion in Tasmania.
The 23-year-old woman was inside her Kay Street home in Kings Meadows with her toddler son when the two masked men kicked down the front door just after 7am on Wednesday.
It’s understood the intruders were looking for a man who lived at the property but he wasn’t home.
Acting Detective Inspector John Park said after being unable to ascertain the information they wanted, the offenders then allegedly assaulted and threatened the woman.
It’s alleged the offenders poured petrol over both the young mother and her two-year-old son before threatening to burn the child alive and set fire to the house.
Det Insp Park described the attack as “horrific”.
“They’ve poured petrol over the (woman and child) and threatened to burn the child in the presence of its mother,” he said. “We don’t believe it was a random attack.”
After terrorising the young woman, the offenders, who are believed to be aged between 30 and 45, left the home with a sum of cash. They remain on the run.
Thankfully, the woman and her son escaped physical injury during the terrifying ordeal.
Detectives are appealing for information from the public to help track down the intruders.
They particularly want to speak with anyone who may have relevant CCTV footage or seen two men in the area of Kay Street around the time of the attack.
Anyone with any information is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.