Father charged with injuring, neglecting newborn baby

A Western Sydney father has been charged after allegedly injuring and neglecting a seven-week-old baby boy, leaving him with permanent disabilities.

The 30-year-old man was arrested at Ryde about 8.30am on Thursday following an ongoing investigation by State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad.

Officers launched the investigation after the infant was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead suffering ongoing seizures in April.


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At the time, doctors told police the boy had suffered brain, eye and spinal injuries, which have left him with permanent disabilities.

Police will now allege in court that the man “injured the child who then suffered seizures for at least 24 hours before medical attention was sought”.

He’s been charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and not provide for child cause danger of serious injury.

The man is due to appear at Burwood Local Court on Monday 17 September.

It comes after a 27-year-old woman, believed to be the infant’s mother, was arrested and charged with not provide for child and cause danger of serious injury in June.

She remains before the courts and the child is now in the care of relatives.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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