Man charged over baby assault

Last updated 16:20 13/03/2014

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Police have charged a 20-year-old Waipukurau man with seriously assaulting a 5-week-old boy.

The alleged assault occurred in Central Hawke's Bay baby in early November last year.

The boy was admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital on November 1 with a serious head injury and other multiple injuries including fractures. He was transferred the same day to Starship Hospital in Auckland.

Detective senior sergeant David Greig, head of the Eastern District child protection team said an extensive investigation had been undertaken, including the forensic scene examination of the Porangahau Rd house where the boy had been living.

The man was arrested by Child Protection Team detectives today and appeared at Hastings District Court this afternoon charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and neglect.

He was remanded on bail to appear again at Waipukurau District Court next month.

Mr Greig described the injuries sustained by the 5-week-old victim as being amongst the most serious his team had investigated.

"An arrest is very pleasing given the tragic circumstances of the case," he said.

The boy has been in the care of Child Youth & Family since his discharge from hospital in mid-December 2013 and is receiving ongoing medical treatment for his injuries.

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