Baby’s face bitten in bashing: police 

A BABY boy from the Hunter Valley Coalfields was bashed and bitten on the face in an attack that has  stunned and horrified police.

The 13-month-old was taken to Maitland Hospital on July 31 suffering numerous fractures to his pelvis, leg and foot as well as extensive bruising to his head, face and body, police said.

Paediatricians also established that a bite mark on the boy’s face was inflicted by a human.

The Newcastle Herald understands that the boy is now out of hospital and in the care of government services.

The Newcastle child abuse squad established strike force McGrane to investigate the attack within days of the child’s attendance at the hospital.

Police made a public plea yesterday for anyone with information about the attack to come forward.

A large team of detectives from the child abuse squad is following a number of lines of inquiry and has asked that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

The squad’s team leader, Detective Sergeant Rob Watson, described the attack as a disturbing example of child abuse, especially on a child so young.

“Detectives from strike force McGrane have interviewed a number of people, but we are also appealing for public assistance. No charges have yet been laid,” he said

The child abuse squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained in investigating crimes against children, including sexual assaults, physical and emotional abuse and serious cases of neglect.

The squad works in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services and NSW Health with specialised teams based at metropolitan and regional locations throughout NSW.

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