A SEVEN-year-old boy has been rescued by police after allegedly being assaulted, kicked to the ground and locked in a hot car, allegedly by his parents in a shocking case of child neglect just two days after Christmas.
The child was found locked in a parked car on Fingal Street at Brunswick Heads, near Byron Bay, on Wednesday.
Concerned members of the public called police who raced to the scene and removed the distressed child from the car before taking him to hospital.
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Police said the child was “hysterical” and suffering from severe dehydration.
Witnesses told police they saw the little boy being physically assaulted by a man earlier in the day.
It’s alleged the man kicked the child, causing him to fall over, before dragging him along the ground and forcing him into the car, which the man then allegedly locked and walked away.
It’s understood the boy was left locked in the car for almost an hour in 30-degree heat before he was rescued.
A 43-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were arrested a short time later after returning to the vehicle and were both taken to Byron Bay Police Station for questioning.
Investigations revealed the child was also allegedly physically assaulted by the same man at a beach on Boxing Day.
The man has since been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm; leave child in motor vehicle causing emotional distress; common assault; and leave young a person in motor vehicle thus impairing health.
The Boorowa man was also charged with one count of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm.
He was remanded in custody overnight and appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court today where he was released on bail.
The 45-year-old woman, also from Boorowa, was charged with leaving a child in a vehicle causing emotional distress and leaving a child in a vehicle thus impairing health.
She too was released on bail and is due to appear in Byron Bay Local Court on January 11.
Police said arrangements were being made for the child’s ongoing care.
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