Man charged over baby abduction
A GRAFTON mother has been reunited with her eight-week-old baby after an anxious six-hour ordeal in what police allege was a case of child abduction.
A 35-year-old South Grafton man, who is thought to be the father of the young boy, is alleged to have smashed a window of a car parked in Vere Street and taken the child.
The man’s name has been suppressed.
Police said the baby was reported missing by his mother about 8pm Wednesday.
Acting on information from the public, investigators moved in on a house in Bimble Avenue, South Grafton, just after 2am yesterday.
It’s alleged a man ran from the house and was chased down by officers, arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged.
Coffs/Clarence crime manager Cameron Lindsay said the baby was found safe and well, showing no signs of stress or injury, and was returned to his mother early yesterday.
“We believe she was very distressed about the incident and extremely relieved to have her child returned to her,” Inspector Lindsay said.
The child was taken to hospital and assessed by doctors.
Police say child abduction protocols were enacted as the drama unfolded and Department of Community Service investigators have since been notified.
Insp Lindsay said the breakthrough in the case couldn’t have been made without public assistance.
“It was a great example of police relying on information from the public,” he said.
A 35-year-old man yesterday appeared in Grafton Local Court charged with taking a child with intent to remove him from parental control, intimidation, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, malicious damage, assault, child abuse and three breaches of an apprehended violence order.
No bail application was submitted to the court and he was bail refused.
He is due to appear in Grafton Local Court again on Monday, January 18.