Man faces court after young child burnt in bath

A man will face Dubbo Local Court on Thursday after allegedly burning a young child in hot water.

The 23-year-old man from Dubbo was arrested on Wednesday and subsequently charged with intentionally cause grievous bodily harm. After being charged, the man was bail refused to appear in court.

In court, detectives from the Child Abuse Squad’s Dubbo office will allege that on February 6, the man was responsible for looking after three children at a home in Dubbo.

While under the man’s care a two-year-old boy suffered extensive burns to his body as a result of being immersed in a hot bath.

A short time after the boy was burnt in the bath, emergency services were contacted and the two-year-old was taken to Dubbo Base Hospital before being transported by air to Westmead Children’s Hospital for the treatment of serious burns to numerous parts of his body.

The boy has since been discharged from hospital and is now in the care of Family and Community Services.

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 information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Reports can also be made to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.

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