A drunk teenager allegedly tried to snatch a baby from his former girlfriend while she was in Hawke's Bay Hospital.
The 17-year-old is accused of assaulting a nurse who tried to stop him, then kicking in a window of the children's ward on his way out.
Police found him about an hour and a half later, and took him back to the hospital for urgent treatment on a deep gash in his leg.
The youth is alleged to have gone to see his ex-girlfriend at the hospital when she was there with her sick toddler and two-month-old baby on Tuesday afternoon.
He is accused of hitting her across the cheek when she stopped him taking the baby away. A nurse who intervened was also pushed about.
When police found him, he was walking home.
The officer in charge of the investigation was surprised he could walk because of the seriousness of the injury.
"It was basically down to the bone."
The youth tried to refuse treatment, asking police to take him straight to the cells, but he was kept in hospital overnight.
Doctors could not operate on him until he sobered up the next morning.
The two women he allegedly assaulted were shaken but unhurt.
The 17-year-old, who was on bail for burglary and driving offences, is due to appear in Hastings District Court on Tuesday.
- The Dominion Post