A FOUR-MONTH-OLD baby is lucky to be alive after being found severely emaciated at a home in southern NSW.
Police found the neglected infant while responding to a domestic disturbance at a home at Lavington, near Albury, just before midnight on Saturday, March 4.
While inside the home, officers checked on the welfare of three children aged seven, 17-months and four months.
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The officers became increasingly concerned for the four-month-old baby and called for an ambulance.
Police will allege the baby was seriously malnourished and suffering from neglect.
The infant was rushed to Albury Base Hospital where he was treated for serious emaciation.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad were tasked to investigate the circumstance surrounding the shocking case.
Following extensive inquiries, a 20-year-old man was this week arrested at Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with failing to provide for a child/cause danger of death.
He was remanded in custody and will remain behind bars ahead of his court appearance in Albury next month.
A 22-year-old woman was previously charged in relation to this matter. She remains before the courts.
The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.
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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Reports can also be made to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.
The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.