Alleged assault leaves boy, 2, in intensive care

Last updated 16:36 04/03/2014

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A man has been remanded in custody after an alleged assault left a two-year-old boy in intensive care.

The man, who has interim name suppression, appeared in Masterton District Court today on a charge of assaulting Caleb Skinner, 2, of Masterton, yesterday.

The man did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody. He will reappear in court on March 13.

A spokesman for Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital said a two-year old Masterton boy was in a stable condition in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit. Caleb was not breathing and had head injuries and bruises on his body after he was allegedly assaulted by a 39-year-old man at this Masterton address, police spokesman Nick Bohm said.

He said Caleb's injuries were "very serious", he was still in an induced coma and his prognosis was unknown. 

The man lived at the house and there was nobody else present at the time of the alleged assault, said Mr Bohm.

Inspector Brent Register of Masterton police said the alleged offender was well known to the family.He said the incident occurred late yesterday afternoon or early evening and Caleb was airlifted to Starship last night.

Ambulance officers arrived at the scene before police, Mr Register said.

A scene examination was begun today and would continue tomorrow with help from Environmental Science and Research forensic experts.

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