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A mother was allegedly confronted by a homeless man on a Sydney beach who told her; “This is not your baby. Give it to me. I’m taking it”.

The terrifying alleged encounter between 38-year-old Ronnie Ramirez and a new (unnamed) mother, 31, has been revealed in court documents.  The incident occurred as she lay relaxing on the sand at Bronte Beach last Monday with her seven-week-old baby boy on a towel beside her.

The woman told police she feared Mr Ramirez was going to “take her baby and kill him,” as he proceeded to lunge at her son and shove her to the ground as she tried to stop him.

The Central Local Court heard through a police statement of facts that was tendered, that Mr. Ramirez had attempted to grab the baby whilst telling the boy’s mother: “This is not your baby. Give it to me. I’m taking it.”

The fact sheet goes on to state, “The victim shouted, ‘Help, call the police.  Whilst doing this the victim heard the accused say things such as ‘This will be his last thing to eat’ and ‘This will be his last breath before he dies’.”

Police reported that the woman suffered minor injuries as she struggled with Mr. Ramirez.  Three lifeguards came to her aid and pulled the man away from her and the baby.

Mr. Ramirez was arrested and charged with attempting to take or detail a child and common assault.  It is said that he was two weeks into a six-month good behaviour bond at the time of the alleged abduction attempt.

Court documents note Mr. Ramirez had no fixed residence and listed his address as Bondi Beach.

Mr. Ramirez did not apply for bail on Tuesday and it was formally refused by Magistrate Les Mabbutt.

A Justice Health report has been ordered to investigate the accused man’s “apparent mental health issues”.

The case is expected to return to court in April.


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  • yeah that is super creepy and lucky that this woman got help!

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  • there are so many mentally ill people wandering our streets it is scary

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  • All so very scary but thankfully the baby was unharmed.
    Im sure this poor woman will be very watchful with strangers from now on.

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  • I can’t begin to imagine the horror this mother went through and what may have happened if the life guards had not been there.

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  • My Goodness, that would be so terrifying! Thank God the mother and baby were all right!

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  • That poor lady. I can’t begin to imagine what she went through

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  • How scary that something like this happened in public during the day…. everyone should be safe. She is very lucky there were lifeguards there.

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  • So scary! What is she would have been alone at the beach? :-(

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  • You expect to be safe in broad daylight.
    The new Mum should have the guy charged with emotional abuse too. She is very fortunate that the 3 lifeguards were on the spot to assist her. In a couple of months they possbily won’t be there.

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  • Thank heavens the life guards were there to help her – don’t know what I’d do in her circumstances.

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  • This would have been such a terrifying ordeal – and now court proceedings! I hope he pleads guilty and is sentenced soon.

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  • What a terrible thing to happen, glad she had help and everyone is safe.

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  • Absolutely terrifying. At least it was public enough that she could get help quickly.

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