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A 10 month old baby remains in a coma after suffering burns and other injuries to his tiny body.


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NSW police report a man will appear in court this morning charged with inflicting critical injuries to a baby in Penrith yesterday.

NSW Ambulance Paramedics called for police assistance at a home in Penrith yesterday where they were treating a 10-month-old baby for severe burns.

The boy had suffered significant burns to his head, neck, chest and back, and was also suffering significant head and facial injuries.

He was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where he was placed in an induced coma and remains in a critical condition.

A 23-year-old man was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm.

“We understand that some of the injuries relate to burning of the skin and about 40 per cent of the child’s body. There are other injuries there that appear to be consistent with blunt force trauma,” Detective Superintendent Brett McFadden told reporters.

“What we do know is that the biological mother of the child and the 23-year-old male (not the father) that has been arrested have been in a relationship for the last four or five months and for the last few weeks, they’ve been residing together at the Penrith address,” he said.

It is believed the baby was left alone with the man at the time.

Updated 8pm,  Monday 23rd Nov

A court has heard the 10-month-old boy was placed in a shower with only the hot tap turned on to clean him after vomiting. The accused then left to put his phone on the charger and have a cigarette.

When he returned to the shower, he discovered the baby’s “skin peeling off”.

The man pleaded to police,  “I f***ed up” and asked them not to tell the baby’s mother for fear he would lose contact with his own “kid, who he recently resumed custody of after the child was previously taken by DOCS.

The court also heard he had “a long record of violence” and was handed a suspended sentence in 2012 for recklessly wounding.

Magistrate Gary Wilson said the baby’s injuries were horrific.

“(The baby received) unspecified head injuries resulting in severe bruising to his skull, face and jaw, the burn injuries noted as being horrific,” Mr Wilson told the court.

Mr Wilson said when arrested by police the man’s behaviour was “inadequate” and “only concern was for himself and whether he would received a custodial sentence and whether he would be given bail”.

“A lengthy custodial sentence is more than likely in this case.”

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  • Who puts a 10 month old in a shower ??? on their own !!! you hold a child in the shower with u at that age !!! children this age have just learnt to sit up on their own , possibly not crawling, no chance of knowing how to push open a shower door or climb out of bath !! lock him up , throw away the key !!! attempted murder

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  • They should “throw the book” at this guy. He has a past record of violence. i wonder if the Mum knows that. Whatan i***t. You never even leave a baby… near… water unattended. Surely DOCS will not release the baby into their care if the innocent baby survives. It will be a long hard struggle for the baby is he does.

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  • How could Anyone hurt a child like that and show NO CONCERN FOR THE CHILD ONLY HIMSELF. They should lock him up and throw away the KEY FOREVER

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  • OMG! That is absolutely horrible. What a waste of space of a ‘man’. Lock this idiot up and throw away the key!!!

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  • Just hope and pray this man does not have contact with another childern

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  • the man deserves to lose his child. it would be in the best interests of his child, at least then the child might have a chance of a life free of abuse. unfortunately the foster care system also has had horrific allegations of sexual abuse and neglect.

    as for the baby, i am glad his situation has come to light. hopefully he will have a full recovery and his mother will have lessons in how to be a responsible parent.

    carmen

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  • I can’t even imagine how awful this would have been for the child. Makes me so sad and angry!

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  • I can’t even imagine what that little baby was going through unable to escape the boiling water :(

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  • Such a sad tragic story. They really need to fight for the victim and lock the monster up for a very very long time.

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  • i just don’t get it. i really don’t. how cruel. i can’t stand it. children are so innocent. the guy turned straight up hot water on! he knew what he was doing! i bet he never has his own shower that way. disgusting!

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  • These sorts of stories sicken me to the pit of my stomach.

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  • Disgusting. This is just utterly horrible, that poor child. i can’t believe anyone could do his to a poor defenceless little child. If you claimed you were cleaning him up why was a 10 month old left unattended??
    Lock him up and throw away the key.

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  • i just hope for once they will hand out a sentance that befits the crime,i am sick of terrible things being done and the peson says he will be a good boy if he gets the chance,and the local church stands up for him,he’s wearing a suit wheras before he wore crap.how the hell can we as the public be anything but disgusted with our legal/court system when they believe th crap they hear,and as i have heard said on many occasions”wonder if it was his/her family if the sentance would be the same”i would like to think the mother did not know of the mans previous records/bad behaviour,but seeing that he had just been given visiting rights after having them taken away,i think she must have known,and that she still left that baby there with does not enhance her behaviour.good grief,give the guy a lengthy sentance,sterilise the mother and give poor kid a life to live with a forever family,some people don’t know when they are well off!!

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  • Reading this story breaks my heart !! What a trauma in the start of this little child. I hope and pray this child recovers well and that this trauma doesn’t leave scars on it’s personality !! I hope one day this man is going to realize on a very deep level what harm he has done.

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  • This is utterly disgusting. How can someone do that to a human baby, child or adult. I hope the inmates deal with him.

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