A man will face Bathurst Local Court today after a baby boy suffered second degree burns while in his care over the weekend.
Detectives arrested the 30-year-old man in Bathurst on Sunday after an investigation began early on Sunday morning.
Detectives from Central West Police District were called to Condobolin Hospital about 3.30am on Sunday after a two-year-old boy presented with second-degree burns to his face and back.
Police were told the boy was in the care of his mother's partner while she was at work the previous evening. When she arrived home, she noted the boy was unsettled and discovered his injuries.
The boy was later airlifted to The Children's Hospital at Westmead, where he underwent surgery.
The matter was referred to specialist detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, who began an investigation.
Following inquiries, detectives arrested a 30-year-old man in Bathurst about 5pm on Sunday.
He was taken to Bathurst police station and charged with reckless grievous bodily harm (domestic violence) and neglecting a child or young person in his care.
The man was refused bail to appear at Bathurst Local Court today. Investigations are continuing.
The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is made up of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse and extreme cases of neglect.
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