North Albury father allegedly used the drug ice on his child’s dummy

UPDATE:

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad have confirmed the baby allegedly given ice by her father is doing well.

Detective Acting Inspector Peter Owen said the girl was hospitalised for four days where she remained in a critical condition, but has since improved greatly. 

He said the Department of Family and Community Services were aware of the matter but he could not comment further. 

Detective Acting Inspector Owen called for the community to take note and be proactive to protect children. 

He said anyone who suspects abuse or the exploitation of children should call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or the NSW Child Protection Helpline on 13 21 11.

PREVIOUSLY:

A father who allegedly poisoned his baby daughter’s dummy with the drug ice is set to appear in court on Thursday.

Detectives from the NSW Police child abuse squad commenced an investigation following a referral from NSW Health when a four-month-old girl was admitted to Albury hospital in late October with an unknown illness.

Pathology tests revealed the baby had amphetamine and methamphetamine in her system.

Detectives and Albury police arrested the 24-year-old North Albury man after a short foot pursuit just after 9am Wednesday.

The man was taken Albury Police Station, where he was charged with use poison so as to endanger life or inflict grievous harm.

Police will allege in court that the man recklessly administered ice to the child by contaminating her dummy.

He was refused bail to appear at Albury Local Court on Thursday.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.