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Man to face court over abuse of 12-week old baby

Man to face court over abuse of 12-week old baby

A Wollongong man has been charged with the physical abuse of his 12-week-old daughter.

In September 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation under Strike Force Apara, after a baby was presented to hospital with serious head and arm injuries.

The baby has since been released from hospital and alternate care arrangements have been made.

Following extensive investigations, a 20-year-old was arrested at a Warrawong unit yesterday.

He was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station and charged with 19 domestic violence-related offences over the abuse of the baby and his 17-year-old girlfriend.

The charges included: reckless grievous bodily harm, contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (x10), common assault (x3), intentionally choke person without consent (x2), stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm (x2), and destroy or damage property.

The man was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

For support call:1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), or Lifeline 13 11 14