Shaken baby suffers 23 fractures, brain damage
A TOOWOOMBA man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a three-month-old boy left with multiple fractures to his ribs, brain damage and bleeding to both eyes.
Police accuse the 22-year-old man of violently shaking the child who is the son of his de facto wife and who was only born in January.
The accused, who is not named so as to protect the identity of the child, appeared before Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning bodily harm of a second child and possessing a "bong" for smoking marijuana.
Objecting to his application for bail, police prosecutor Greg McIntyre told the court the child had been taken to Toowoomba Hospital on April 28 with extensive injuries.
Medical staff diagnosed the child has having sustained 23 fractures of the ribs, brain damage, bleeding to both eyes, fracture of his left leg and suspicious bruising to his body.
There were no witnesses to the incident which caused the injuries, but the man was supposed to have put the child down in his cot for a morning nap just prior to the alarm being raised, police claim.
Police objected to bail on the seriousness of the matter and also for the safety of the defendant who had received a number of derogatory comments via Facebook, the court heard.
The accused was not required to answer to any of the charges and stood quietly in the court dock as duty solicitor Brad Skuse applied for bail on his behalf.
Mr Skuse said his client's parents and sister were in court supporting him.
The allegations would require a full investigation which would take considerable time, he submitted.
Magistrate Damian Carroll said the injuries to the child made the matter very serious and refused bail.
The man was remanded in custody with all matters to be mentioned back in the same court on June 26.