End of Family and Domestic Violence Awareness month, candlelit ceremonies were held this year to remember those who lost their lives to violence.
End of Family and Domestic Violence Awareness month, candlelit ceremonies were held this year to remember those who lost their lives to violence. Laura Telford

2yo boy grabbed by hair and thrown through car window

A MAN'S treatment of a two-year-old child was "an absolute breach of the parent-child relationship" and of "basic humanity," a Gympie magistrate said this week.

Magistrate M. Baldwin said she had to act on community expectations on child safety after hearing the man had grabbed the child by the hair, lifted him up by one arm and thrown him through the open side window of his car.

They had also heard him swear at the child, who is now in care and had seen him form a fist and punch towards the back seat.

"When people read in the papers about the death of a child, they say 'why didn't someone do something?" Mrs Baldwin said.

"This is an absolute breach of the parent-child relationship," she said, indicating she did not accept the man's more innocent version of events.

"None of it's true," she said.

"Until you wake up and realise this you haven't got a hope of getting your children back.

She described his behaviour, which breached a domestic violence order, as "absolutely appalling.".

"It is just basic humanity that you do not attack a two-year-old child.

She said she owed justice to the community, to the man "and to the little fellow as well."

She sentenced the man to two months jail, suspended for two years, warning him that any further breach within that two years could see him go to jail.

Gympie Times

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