Police charge man after Condobolin toddler hospitalised with severe burns

A man will face court today after being charged in relation to injuries sustained by a toddler while in his care in the state’s Central West.

Detectives from Central West Police District were called to Condobolin Hospital about 3.30am yesterday (Sunday 12 May 2019), after a two-year-old boy presented with second-degree burns to his face and back.

Police were told the boy was in the care of his mother’s partner while she was at work the previous evening. After she arrived home, she noted the boy was unsettled and discovered his injuries.

The boy was later airlifted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where he underwent surgery.

The matter was subsequently referred to specialist detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, who commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, detectives arrested a 30-year-old man at Bathurst about 5pm yesterday.

He was taken to Bathurst Police Station and charged with reckless grievous bodily harm (DV), and neglect child or young person in his care.

The man was refused bail to appear at Bathurst Local Court today (Monday 13 May 2019).

Investigations are continuing.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

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