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A man has appeared in court charged with assaulting, ill-treating and neglecting his three-month-old baby daughter at several locations across Ennis town centre last weekend.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, the man (28) appeared via video link from a prison concerning the alleged offence which took place over a four-hour period last Friday night and early Saturday morning.

In the case, the man is charged with wilfully assaulting, ill-treating and neglecting his daughter in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering and injury to the baby's health and seriously affect her wellbeing.

Members of the Garda Armed Response Unit along with trained negotiators were called in to defuse the situation and the man was arrested. The baby was returned into the arms of her mother shortly after 2am.

The charge is contrary to Section 246 of the Children's Act 2001 and if the case goes before the circuit court, a judge can impose a prison term of up to seven years in jail if the man is convicted of the offence.

The man is also charged with the assault causing harm of his partner and the child's mother last Friday at an address in Ennis prior to the alleged assault of the baby.

The man first appeared before a special sitting of Ennis District Court at the weekend concerning the two alleged offences and was remanded in custody.

In court yesterday, Sgt Aiden Lonergan stated that there are "serious undertones" to the alleged offences and asked that the case be adjourned to allow the DPP provide directions.

Solicitor for the accused, Daragh Hassett, stated that Judge Mary Larkin had directed that a psychiatric assessment be carried out on the man while in prison. Judge Patrick Durcan remanded him in custody to appear before Ennis District Court on May 6.

Irish Independent