A woman has been charged after allegedly attempting to grab a child, wielding a knife.

Police attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command attended Dixon Park, following reports a 33-year-old woman allegedly attempted to grab a child at about 11am (Tuesday 12 July 2016).

Police have been told a man intervened and the woman threatened him with a knife.

Officers arrived and she was tasered after continuing to threaten police.

The 33-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station before being taken to the Mater Hospital for assessment.

She was later charged with custody of knife in public place, wield knife in a public place, affray and resist officer in execution of duty.

The woman was bail refused to appear at Newcastle Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 13 July 2016).

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  • Hmmm it sounds like they were all known to each other, but still scary for the child – and any other people in the park!


  • Luckily that she was stopped. So scary what happened!!


  • Very scary. I wonder why she wasn’t charged with attempting abduction


  • Scary to think of what she might have intended.


  • How desperate would you have to be to attempt this? I hope that the woman gets help. Glad that the little girl is ok.

    • It’s possible the Mother of the baby may need counselling after what has happened. The gentleman was pretty brave too. Who knows what the outcome might have been had it not been for his bravery. The impression I get from this article is that possibly the suspect should be placed in a secure mental health facility while she receives the treatment she needs.


  • Lucky the child wasn’t injured in the process.


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