UPDATE @ 6:50PM Tuesday 17/10/2017: A grandmother is due to appear in court on Wednesday, charged with attempted murder, after allegedly attacking her baby grandson with a meat cleaver.
The infant is clinging to life after undergoing emergency surgery in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, following the shocking attack early Tuesday morning.
Police say the mother had been visiting the home in The Gap when she was woken by her baby’s cries.
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She rushed to him and found the 64-year-old grandmother standing beside his cot with a meat cleaver nearby.
Inspector Daniel Bragg said the baby suffered critical facial injuries.
“The ambulance officers who attended were visibly distressed by what they were dealing with,” he said.
“The police officer, who was the first on the scene, and did an amazing job, was clearly affected by what he saw.”
Additional reporting by Tony Bartlett.
EARLIER: A four-month-old baby boy has been rushed to hospital after being found with “critical facial injuries” at a home in Brisbane this morning.
Officers made the distressing discovery after being called to an address on Ridgeway Street at The Gap around 6.45am.
“When police arrived they located an infant with critical facial injuries who was subsequently transported to hospital,” police said in a statement.
A 64-year-old woman, who is known to the child, is currently assisting officers with their inquiries.
It’s understood the baby’s mother was visiting the home and was woken by the piercing sounds of her child crying.
Queensland Police told reporters the attack is being treated as an alleged “domestic incident”.
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Investigations are continuing.