A man has been charged with assaulting a child, who remains
in Dunedin Hospital with serious burns.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis, of the Dunedin CIB,
confirmed police were investigating an incident involving a
3-year-old boy who received burn injuries.
Police were alerted to the incident, which occurred at a West
Otago address, on Wednesday night, he said.
Police charged the man with assaulting a child. He yesterday
received a registrar's adjournment to appear in the Gore
District Court at a later date.
A St John spokesman said the ambulance service did not
receive a 111 call about the incident.
However, St John sent an ambulance to the West Otago Health
Centre in Tapanui.
The child was later transferred to Dunedin by the Otago
Regional Rescue Helicopter.
The boy had ''severe burns to his body'', the St Johns