HARDENED police officers have been reduced to tears while investigating the horrific rape and torture of a three-year-old girl at a house in Brisbane.
The toddler was left with critical external and internal injuries after the sickening assault, which allegedly took place at her mother’s Capalaba home sometime between 7.30am and 5.30pm on Thursday.
Police allege the three-year-old was violently sexually assaulted by her mother’s 25-year-old boyfriend in whom she had trusted to care for her daughter while she was at work.
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Instead, the child’s mother returned home to find her baby in a critical condition with head, arm and leg injuries.
The woman raced her daughter to Redlands Hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.
It’s understood the child’s injuries were so severe, doctor’s at the hospital feared she would not survive and so immediately called police to investigate.
The details of the assault are so horrific, the case has reduced even the most senior investigators to tears.
Following investigations, the mother’s boyfriend was arrested and yesterday charged with multiple offences, including torture, grievous bodily harm, sexual assault and two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.
The 25-year-old was also charged with leaving a child under 12 unattended, breaching a domestic violence order and drug offences.
He was due to appear in Cleveland Magistrates Court on Friday.
A neighbour told News Corp the “darling little girl” had beautiful manners and had been well looked after.
“She is a cute little muffin that didn’t deserve this,” the neighbour said.
“The mother obviously cares for the little girl. She looked well cared for, well looked after, beautiful manners. A darling little girl.”
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