Man charged over beaten Timaru 9-year-old

00:00, Nov 21 2012

A 26-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the abduction of a 9-year-old Timaru boy.

The man was arrested last night and charged with causing grievous bodily harm to the boy, who was found battered and shaken in Timaru last Thursday.

He had left school shortly after 3pm and was found 15 kilometres away. Police have been trying to establish what happened to him.

Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said the man was to appear in Timaru District Court today.

The man was known to the boy, but Mr Gaskin would not say if they were related.

Further charges were likely.

The boy remains in Timaru Hospital but seemed "perfectly happy, perfectly relaxed," Mr Gaskin said.