Fa­ther ac­cused of baby abuse

Wanneroo Times - - News -

A YOUNG man ac­cused of se­ri­ously in­jur­ing his seven-week-old baby at his Hamer­s­ley home in Au­gust was not re­quired to plead in Joondalup Mag­is­trates Court last Fri­day.

Mag­is­trate Ge­off Lawrence granted Lochlan Stuart Rank­ine (25) bail with a surety be­fore re­mand­ing him to ap­pear for a bail as­sess­ment on Oc­to­ber 23 and fur­ther hear­ing on De­cem­ber 28.

Mr Rank­ine is fac­ing a charge of griev­ous bod­ily harm in cir­cum­stances of ag­gra­va­tion af­ter po­lice say the baby was taken to Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal on Au­gust 10 with lifethreat­en­ing in­juries.

Po­lice have also said Mr Rank­ine was home alone with the child at the time.

He is also fac­ing two counts of pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited drug.

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