Woman charged after toddler bashed, left with ‘catastrophic brain injury’

A woman has been charged with child neglect and covering up child abuse after a toddler was allegedly beaten at a holiday home in northern NSW, leaving her with catastrophic head injuries.

The incident is believed to have happened at a rental home north-east of Grafton in March.

The 23-month old girl wasn’t taken to Maclean District Hospital until three days later.


Officers were told by the doctors the girl had suffered a catastrophic brain injury. She remains in a serious condition.

Following extensive inquires, a 39-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, who are known to the girl, were arrested by the Queensland Police Service’s Child Trauma Unit at a home in Mansfield, Queensland, about 10am on Tuesday.

The pair were then escorted to Tweed Heads Police Station where 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).

The woman has since been charged with fail to provide for child cause danger of death (DV) and conceal child abuse offence.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Wednesday 19 June 2019.