Father accused of leaving his seven-week-old baby fighting for life after brutal bashing says the boy slipped in an ‘unfortunate accident’ – as the child’s shocking injuries are revealed
- A 26-year-old father is accused of severely bashing his seven-week-old baby
- The man told doctors that the baby had slipped out of it’s swaddle and fell
- The baby remains in hospital in critical condition and is reliant on life support
A father accused of leaving his seven-week-old baby fighting for life with ‘significant injuries’ claims the incident was an ‘unfortunate accident’ .
The 26-year-old man appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with grievous bodily harm after the child was rushed to hospital on August 10.
The man, who can’t be identified, told staff at Sunshine Coast University Hospital his baby was swaddled when the blanket unfolded and the child fell out of his arms, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported.
A father who claimed his seven-week-old baby obtained ‘significant injuries’ from an ‘unfortunate accident’ (stock)
Police allege doctors found the child had older injuries around his rib cage.
After the calcified rib fractures were discovered on the child hospital staff contacted police.
The Child Protection Investigation Unit investigated and soon arrested the father.
Police allege the baby was shaken by the father when the two were alone together.
The baby has since been moved to the Queensland Children’s Hospital and is in a critical condition.
The boy is unlikely to survive if life support is switched off, the court heard.
Police have alleged that the baby was shaken by it’s father when the two were alone together – resulting in the horrific injuries and the child was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital (pictured)
The father is said to be a suicide risk after he told hospital nurses that he will take his own life if the baby dies, according to police.
The court heard the man’s wife had distanced herself from him following the charges.
Only last year she posted ‘I know I am blessed with a wonderful husband,’ on social media and described the man as a ‘caring, under standing man’.
The father’s bail was denied and he will return to court on September 16.