A man has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s six-month-old baby boy, who died after sustaining severe head injuries while in his care.
Jie Smith, 28, from Newcastle, on New South Wales’ Central Coast, appeared in Wyong Court on Thursday charged with murder and reckless grievous bodily harm.
The baby went into cardiac arrest at 4.30am on Saturday at a home at New Lambton, in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Paramedics raced him to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition but he died on Sunday night.
Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec told The Daily Telegraph the allegations are ‘horrific’.
‘Anyone losing a child cannot begin to fathom the trauma the mother is going through (and) the father (not the accused) is distraught about the loss of his son,’ he said.
‘The mother wasn’t there when the incident happened but the 28-year-old took the injured boy to the neighbour’s house before emergency services were called.