Man accused of bashing baby, causing ‘catastrophic brain injuries’

A MAN accused of beating a 23-month-old girl at a holiday home in NSW, leaving her with catastrophic brain injuries, has been arrested and charged over the shocking attack.

The 39-year-old is accused of bashing the toddler at a rental home north-east of Grafton in March and waiting three days before seeking medical treatment.

The little girl was taken to Maclean District Hospital with life-threatening injuries on Tuesday, March 12. Doctors called police and told them the child had suffered a catastrophic brain injury.


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The toddler remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad established Strike Force Celeste to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following an extensive investigation, the 39-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were arrested by officers attached to Queensland’s Child Trauma Unit at a home in Brisbane on Tuesday morning.

The pair, who police confirm are both known to the girl, were extradited to New South Wales and were escorted to Tweed Heads Police Station today.

There, the man was charged with cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent (DV), do act etc intending to pervert the course of justice, and fail to provide for child cause danger of death (DV).

He was remanded in custody and due to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today.

The woman remained in custody this afternoon, assisting police with their inquiries.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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.

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