A Townsville woman accused of punching her own baby in the face while she was lying in her pram and would not stop crying has been committed to stand trial.
Police were called in January 2014 to Eyre Street, North Ward in Townsville when a bystander alleged that the woman punched the five-month-old baby several times while it was crying.
The shocked witness called emergency services and the baby was taken to hospital.
Shortly after the baby’s mother was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.
She has appeared in Townsville Magistrates Court for a committal hearing on whether she should stand trial for the alleged attack.
The doctor who treated the infant, Townsville Hospital’s Dr Mario Carangan was cross-examined during yesterday’s hearing.
The Courier Mail reports that he provided evidence that the baby suffered three contusions and was discharged from hospital after being monitored for 24 hours.
“In my opinion the injuries inflicted are consistent with being punched in the face” he told the court.
At the time police alleged the mother had been drinking before the assault.
Townsville Child Protection Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles said alleged attack was distressing.
“The child has sustained some facial injures and given the age of the child it makes it a significant concern,” he said.