Man accused of assaulting toddler

Last updated 17:41 04/03/2014

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A Masterton man has been remanded in custody after an alleged assault left a 2-year-old boy in intensive care.

The man, who has interim name suppression, appeared in the 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 2-year-old Masterton boy was in a stable condition in the hospital’s paediatric intensive care unit.

Police spokesman Nick Bohm said Caleb was not breathing and had head injuries and bruises on his body after he was allegedly assaulted by a 39-year-old man.

The man lived at the house and no-one else was present at the time of the alleged assault, Bohm said.

Caleb’s injuries were "very serious", he was still in an induced coma. His prognosis was unknown, he said.

Inspector Brent Register, of Masterton, said the alleged offender was well known to the family.

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, Register said.

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


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