Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad’s Penrith office have arrested and charged three adults for the systematic and ongoing physical abuse of a young boy.
Earlier this year, on May 26, a four-year-old boy was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital suffering numerous injuries, including brain haemorrhages, multiple fractures, a broken tooth and severe bruising all over his body.
Police were notified of the case and the Child Abuse Squad’s Penrith office commenced an investigation into the matter.
Yesterday, detectives arrested a man and two women at a property in Doonside.
One of the women, aged 36, was taken to Mount Druitt Police Station where she was charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm (reckless) and conceal serious offence.
The other woman, aged 28, and the man, aged 26, were taken to Blacktown Police Station. Both were charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm (reckless) and conceal serious offence.
All three have been refused bail and are currently before the courts.
In court, police will allege the four-year-old boy was subjected to ongoing and systematic physical abuse while in the care of the three adults at a home in Doonside.
The boy is recovering from his injuries.
The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect. The squad works in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services and NSW Health, with specialised tri-agency teams based at metropolitan and regional locations throughout NSW.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/. Reports can also be made to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.