Man in court after baby allegedly beaten and burnt


A young man put his partner’s 10-month-old son under a hot shower, did not turn on the cold water, then went to charge his phone and have a cigarette, a court has heard.

The baby is in an induced coma in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead after suffering burns to 40 per cent of his body, police say.

He also had wounds to his skull, face and jaw, Penrith Local Court heard on Monday.

The 23-year-old man, who has been in a relationship with the infant’s mother for up to five months, has been charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The man appeared in court and kept his eyes lowered while the details of his alleged crime were discussed.

He applied for bail, but it was refused by magistrate Gary Wilson.

The court heard the baby was at the home in Castlereagh Street, Penrith, with the man at the time he was injured on Sunday.

The baby vomited, prompting the man to put him in the shower.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, turned on the hot water, but not the cold, and left the baby there, the court was told.

The court heard that, when the man returned to the shower, the baby’s skin was peeling off.

The magistrate said the injuries involved were “severe … by way of burns to a very large percentage of his body together with unspecified head injuries resulting in severe bruising to his skull, face and jaw”.

“The burn injuries are described as being horrific,” he said.

Mr Wilson said police claimed the man showed concern only for his own welfare – whether he would be jailed and be released on bail – when he was arrested, but had no concern for the baby’s condition.

The man, who the court heard had previous convictions for violence, also has full-time custody of a three-year-old son from a previous relationship.

The charges have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The matter is expected to return to court on December 14.

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