Griffith NSW: Man and woman charged with manslaughter over death of two-year-old boy taken to hospital with ‘significant’ head injuries

A man and a woman have been charged over the death of a two-year-old boy who had been taken to hospital suffering significant head injuries and later died. 

The 33-year-old man and the 21-year-old woman were arrested by police on Wednesday in Griffith, in western NSW, over the death of the toddler.

The boy was rushed to Griffith Base Hospital with serious head injuries on December, 1 last year. 

Police have charged a man (pictured) and a woman over the death of a toddler who died in December last year

He was later airlifted to the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick but died on December 3 from his wounds. 

The pair have both been charged with manslaughter and the woman was also charged with assault causing bodily harm. 

The man and the woman have both been refused bail and fronted Griffith Local Court on Thursday. 

The woman was also charged with assault causing bodily harm (pictured)

The woman was also charged with assault causing bodily harm (pictured)

Doug Curran, the Mayor of Griffith, said the death of the boy has left the local community devastated. 

‘It’s a heartbreaking set of circumstances,’ he told reporters. 

‘To find out that the two individuals who have been arrested…were living [in the region] is hard for us to accept,’ he said. 

After being notified of the boy’s death, NSW Police set up Strike Force Burtundy to investigate how the boy died. 

Detectives carried out a line search at a property in Binya, about 30km northeast of Griffith, on March 19. 

Police are still conducting inquiries into the incident and have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.