A MAN and a woman have been charged after allegedly lashing a 12-year-old boy with a dog leash and assaulting him with a wooden spoon at a house in Sydney’s west.
A Good Samaritan walked into Blacktown Police Station with the child about 6pm on Tuesday after finding him in the street suffering from injuries to his hands and back.
In a statement this morning, NSW Police said the boy had allegedly been assaulted with a wooden spoon and a dog leash by a man and a woman known to him earlier in the night.
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“A passer-by saw the injured boy near the home and brought him to the police station,” police said.
“The boy was then taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for medical treatment.”
Following investigations, Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad went to the western Sydney home and arrested a man and a woman, both aged 40, about 2am on Wednesday.
The pair was taken to Blacktown Police Station where they were each charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV) and served with provisional apprehended violence orders.
They have both since been released on strict conditional bail and are scheduled to appear in Blacktown Local Court next Wednesday, October 31.
The 12-year-old boy has been placed in the care of the Department of Family and Community Services.
Police confirmed the man and woman are known to the child but have not revealed how.
According to media reports, the adults are believed to be the child’s parents and were said to have been disciplining the boy for hiding his school report.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.