Woman bashed and threatened at knifepoint before man takes baby from home

Young woman is bashed and threatened at knifepoint before her three-month-old baby is taken from her home – as cops charge a man over the attack

  • Woman allegedly assaulted at knifepoint before man took three-month-old baby
  • The man and baby were later found, the baby was unharmed and man charged 
  • Police charged man, 23, with a raft of domestic violence related offences

A young woman was allegedly assaulted at knifepoint before a man took her three-month-old baby from the home. 

A 23-year-old man was later arrested and charged with a raft of domestic violence related offences after breaking into the woman’s Berkeley home, in the New South Wales Illawarra region, early on Sunday morning. 

Police believe the pair were known to one another.

They allege the man grabbed the woman, also 23, by the throat and threw her to the ground before punching and kicking her repeatedly.

He is also accused of hitting the woman’s head into a metal bed frame several times. 

When officers from Lake Illawarra Police District arrived at the scene, they found the woman suffering with cuts to her head, bruising across her upper body and bite marks.

Her fingernail had also been ripped off.

The woman claimed her alleged attacker held a knife to her throat and left the home with a three-month-old baby.     

She was treated at the scene before being taken to Wollongong Hospital.

Later, the man and child were both found in the same suburb, and the baby was taken to hospital as a precaution. 

The 23-year-old was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station, where he was charged with aggravated break and enter, grievous bodily harm, assault and destroying property.

He was also charged with breaking an apprehended violence order which was already in place.

The man was refused bail and is due to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Monday afternoon.  

More to come. 

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If you are impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT or 1800 737 732 

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