Friday 23 March 2018

Baby girl punched in the face in Sydney station attack

The attack took place outside Sydney Central station
The attack took place outside Sydney Central station

David Kearns

An Australian man has been charged with assault after he punched a baby girl in the face outside a café.

New South Wales police said the 16-month-old victim was with her parents outside Sydney's Central Railway Station when a man walked up to her pram and punched her in the face before fleeing.

Name locally as Nicholas Bolas, it is understood that the 28-year-old left an involuntary psychiatric facility last month without permission.

Following the attack, the baby's father chased after Mr Bolas, while calling for bystanders to contact police, but was unable to catch him.

Officers later found the 28-year-old hiding inside an elevator in a nearby building.

As a result of the punch, the young girl suffered a cut to her face and was treated at the scene by paramedics, police said.

She did not require hospital treatment.

Mr Bolas appeared in a Sydney court on Friday morning.

Refusing bail, Magistrate Les Mabbutt ordered he be admitted to a mental health facility to be assessed.

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