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A MAN has been refused bail for allegedly trying to abduct a seven-week-old baby boy lying next to his mother on the beach.

The 38-year-old man, unknown to the woman, tried to grab the baby from the towel on which he was lying around 6pm at Bronte Beach. His mother pushed the man away, police were told.

News.com.au reports the pair were involved in a struggle before lifeguards intervened and police arrived shortly after and arrested the man.

The woman, 31, suffered minor injuries but did not seek medical treatment.

The man was refused bail when he faced Waverley Court charged with attempted child abduction and common assault on Tuesday.

He will appear again in Central Court on February 16.

Police are continuing with their inquiries and are urging any witnesses who have not yet provided a statement to come forward.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 FREE.

The Police report states:
A man has been charged after allegedly trying to abduct a baby at Bronte Beach on Monday night.

About 6pm (8 February 2016), a 31-year-old woman was at the beach with her seven-week-old son lying on a towel beside her.

Police have been told a 38-year-old man who was unknown to the woman walked up to her and attempted to take hold of the baby.

The woman pushed him away and the pair were involved in a struggle before nearby lifeguards intervened.

Police from Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command arrived a short time later and arrested the man.

The woman suffered minor injuries but did not seek medical treatment.

The man has since been charged with attempted child abduction and common assault.

He appeared before Waverley Local Court yesterday (Tuesday 9 February 2016), where bail was refused.

The man is next due to appear before Central Local Court on Tuesday 16 February 2016.

Police are continuing with their inquiries and are urging any witnesses who have not yet provided a statement to come forward.

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  • It’s not even safe to have your baby lying beside you now. The poor Mum must have been petrified. Glad she was able to fend the guy off and lifeguards came to their rescue. Relieved he didn’t get bail. He should be charged with assault and emotional + physical abuse of the Mum, attemped abduction of the baby and whatever charges they can charge him with. Not just fines and good behaviour bond either.

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  • How terrifying for the poor mother. Fortunately they have caught the offending man.

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  • oh very scary! great quick thinking there!

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  • far out – what the heck?? that is an incredibly scary experience

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  • Thank god for the lifeguards.

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  • That is just majorly scary. Thank goodness the lifeguards were there to come to her aid.

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  • What a frightening experience! Our lifeguards provide a wonderful service to our communities, and undoubtably a saviour to this young mum and bub.

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  • How scary is that. Hope the mum and baby are alright.

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  • What a terrifying ordeal. Glad Mum was able to fend off this man to protect he little baby.

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  • Very scary. Glad they were ok. I wonder if it was someone she knew seeing that she didn’t scream for help

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  • A terrifying ordeal for the poor mum and bub. A relief that he was captured and charged and an abduction was stopped.

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  • How scary. It really makes you want to handcuff your kids to you.

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  • Luckily the lifeguards were there! Such a fright!!

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  • How shocking. I’m so glad they caught this monster.

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  • This is such a serious crime – I dread to think what his plans were for the poor innocent baby. How terrifying for the mother! so very glad he was caught and that bail was refused.

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