Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dad in court for abducting 3-year-old daughter, abandoning her in burning car (Australia)



Father to face court on Wednesday over crash involving his daughter

Date April 22, 2014 - 4:22PM

Aleisha Orr Reporter, WA Today

A man alleged to have fled a burning car with his three-year-old daughter still inside is expected to face court via video link on Wednesday morning.

The toddler was left with serious injuries after her 25-year-old father allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle on Great Eastern Highway on Sunday.

Police were on their way to a domestic disturbance in Ellenbrook when they received information that an intoxicated man had left the disturbance in a stolen vehicle with his young child.

Police units began searching for the man and at 11pm the vehicle was found on Lloyd Street, Midland, being driven with no headlights on.

The man allegedly failed to stop for police but a chase was not initiated because there was a child in the car.

A short time later the car was found crashed into a concrete barrier on Great Eastern Highway, on approach to the Roe Highway on-ramp.

The vehicle had caught fire and the man had allegedly fled the scene on foot, leaving the girl in the burning car.

The man was later found by police nearby on Beaconsfield Avenue in Midvale.

He was arrested and taken to Swan Districts Hospital by St John Ambulance for treatment of injuries received in the crash.

The 25-year-old man from East Victoria Park is facing 10 charges, including aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm and dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm.

He had a bedside hearing on Monday and was remanded in custody in hospital.