Toddler suffers ‘catastrophic brain injury’ in alleged beating

Toddler suffers ‘catastrophic brain injury’ in alleged beating

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A Queensland man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after allegedly beating his partner’s daughter at a holiday rental home in northern NSW, causing the toddler to suffer a “catastrophic brain injury”, while the mother has been charged with neglect.

Police launched an investigation after being notified on March 12 that a 23-month-old girl had presented at Maclean District Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The toddler remains in hospital in a serious condition. A police source quoted doctors as saying she had permanent brain damage that would “significantly impact her for the rest of her life”.

Police allege the child’s brain injury was the result of an assault by her mother’s partner at a holiday rental home in Grafton.

The couple, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, took three days to seek medical attention for her, police allege.