A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested and charged with brutally assaulting an 11-month-old baby, almost to the point of death, at a house in the NSW Central Tablelands.
The infant was found with horrific injuries after the alleged assault which is alleged to have taken place inside a home at Lithgow, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, last year.
Police were called to the address just before 9pm on Sunday 16 October. They arrived to find the baby girl unresponsive and in a critical condition.
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At the time, emergency services were told the infant had fallen out of a cot.
Paramedics worked to stabilise the baby at the scene before rushing her to Lithgow Hospital from where she was later airlifted to Westmead’s Children’s Hospital in Sydney.
Extremely lucky to be alive, the 11-month-old underwent multiple brain surgeries and remained in Intensive Care for what police said was an “extended period of time” before she was well enough to be released.
Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad formed Strike Force Marden to investigate the little girl’s horrific injuries.
The Lithgow home in which she was injured was declared a crime scene and examined by forensic police.
Following extensive inquiries, a 27-year-old man was arrested in Lithgow on Friday morning.
He’s accused of committing the most heinous of crimes; assaulting the 11-month-old girl almost to the point of death.
After hours of questioning, the 27-year-old man has been formally charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He was refused bail to appear before Lithgow Local Court this afternoon.
Police said the child was admitted to hospital with serious facial injuries, including a fracture and severe bruising.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page www.crimestoppers.com.au
Reports can also be made to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.
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