A four-month-old baby boy has been rushed to hospital after being found with “critical facial injuries” at a home in Brisbane this morning.

Officers made the distressing discovery after being called to an address on Ridgeway Street at The Gap around 6.45am.

“When police arrived they located an infant with critical facial injuries who was subsequently transported to hospital,” police said in a statement.

The baby is undergoing surgery after allegedly being slashed in the face with a knife multiple times, reports 9 news.

“The mother found the child in a distressed state with injuries to his face,” Inspector Daniel Bragg told reporters.

“She’s clearly distraught over what’s occurred. She’s provided police with all the assistance she could.”

Insp Bragg said paramedics who were called to the home at Ridgeway Street at The Gap, as well as the first police officer on the scene, were visibly upset.

“It was distressing to see such injuries to such a small child,” Insp Bragg said.

A 64-year-old woman, who is known to the child, is currently assisting officers with their inquiries.

It’s understood the baby’s mother was visiting the home and was woken by the piercing sounds of her child crying.

Queensland Police told reporters the attack is being treated as an alleged “domestic incident”.


Police have charged the grandmother with attempted murder.

The weapon was a meat cleaver that struck the infant numerous times.

UPDATE 18 October

A Brisbane grandmother appeared in court today charged with the attempted murder of her infant grandson after allegedly slashing his face with a meat cleaver.

ABC news reports, the case has been adjourned for a week after her lawyer requested the court allow her to complete medical assessments.

No application was made for bail.

The mother of the boy, who lives in Sydney but was visiting the home on Ridgeway Street in The Gap with her son, was woken just after 6am yesterday by the sound of her child crying in his cot.

The baby boy is now in a serious but stable condition, a spokesman for the hospital told 9news.com.au this morning.

More details to come…

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  • That poor darling baby, I hope he makes a full recovery.


  • It was the grandmother?! Sad family situation.


  • I can even begin to wrap my head around this. Will follow for more details.


  • Thank you for the update.


  • Throw the book at her! Anyone who can do that to their own grandbaby is beyond any help.


  • The grandmother this did to the baby????? Why???????


  • OMG Seriously… how?! Sorry but even with a mental illness outcome, she should not be let free. Hope baby recovers well and quickly, and Mum gets some help to deal with it all. I can only imagine how she would be feeling


  • this is absolutely heartbreaking, I hope justice is served quickly and this little guy and mummy recover physically and mentally fast


  • The grandmother did this. I’m guessing mental illness will be brought into it. If this is the case, why didn’t the mother keep her baby close? It’s amazing the child wasn’t decapitated!


  • omg that is horrendous – that poor little boy – how could a grandmother even think to hurt her grandson – I am so sad to read this,but I am thankful that she has been charged!


  • OMG this is dreadful! Poor innocent baby! To think that someone could do that to a 4 month old beggars belief … but, to your own grandchild!! Words fail me …. I hope baby recovers and that the grandmother gets what she seriously deserves!


  • Distressing already to read this story, let alone to be part of it !! Bless the child and the mum, hope they receive all the support they need to deal with this trauma.


  • This news story is absolutely horrific and stomach turning. The poor child and mother.


  • Poor baby and mother…scary start to the day


  • Far out that is really distressing! Poor little bubba, I’m glad the perpetrator has been caught.


  • OMG. A meat cleaver? Tat is dreadful.


  • Oh my goodness, how horrific, hope the little one recovers well.


  • How dreadful. I hope more information is found out soon about what happened :(


  • OMG, the poor little defenseless baby, I hope that the bub will be okay and is now in goo hands.


  • What on earth can a 4 month old do that results in someone thinking this is what they need to do?? Hope they work out what happened and someone gets severely punished.


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