Toddler bashed left brain damaged an in wheel chair for life

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Toddler bashed left brain damaged and in wheel chair for life

The Sydney Morning Herald

Emma Partridge



An alleged ice dealer, accused of a brutal bashing that has left a toddler in a wheelchair for life, is expected to face court on Wednesday.

Child Abuse Squad detectives allege the man beat the 13-month-old boy so badly on February 20 that he was left in a critical condition with severe brain and spinal cord damage. 

At the time of the alleged assault, the boy was covered in bruises and went into cardiac arrest.

Police allege the accused, 25, was in a de facto relationship with the boy's mother.


"Doctors have told police the boy had been shaken vigorously and suffered other injuries, causing damage to his brain, spinal cord and eyes, as well as a cardiac arrest," a NSW Police spokeswoman said.

The boy will be confined to a wheelchair, and will require high-need care for the rest of his life, police said.

Police arrested the man on Tuesday and will allege he is also involved in the supply of the drugs ice and ecstasy.

Officers attached to strike force Racemosa raided the man's house in Sydney's Hills District and allegedly found drugs and number of items they believe were stolen.

The man was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and the ongoing supply of prohibited drugs.

He was refused bail and is expected to appear before Blacktown Local Court on Wednesday.

The Child Abuse Squad comprises detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Reports can also be made to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.


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