Man charged after allegedly pouring petrol on 1-year-old girl

A man has been charged after he allegedly poured petrol over a 1-year-old girl before hitting the toddler’s mother over the head with a glass.

Emergency crews were called to a home in Mount Saint Thomas, in the Wollongong area, just after 8pm yesterday following reports of a domestic assault.

Police say a 48-year-old woman was at home with her young daughter when she was verbally abused by a 41-year-old man known to her.


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“It’s alleged the woman took the child into a different room and barricaded the door with a pram, before the man forced the door open and poured petrol on the child,” NSW Police said.

“The man then allegedly followed the woman as she washed the child’s face, before hitting the woman over the back of the head with a glass”.

The woman managed to escape from the home with the child before calling police for help.

The toddler was treated by paramedics, but fortunately did not require hospital treatment.

The man was arrested at the home and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where he was charged with three counts of assault, destroy or damage property and stalk/intimidate intend fear etc physical harm.

He was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today.

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