The father of a seven-year-old boy who died after allegedly
being subjected to prolonged abuse, says authorities failed
to protect his son.
A 29-year-old garbage collector, who can't be named for legal
reasons, has been charged with numerous child abuse offences
after the boy was found dead at his Oatley home on May 21.
Parramatta Bail Court was told on Saturday that at least one
video recording showed other children being encouraged to
participate in the abuse, which allegedly took place at the
mother's house, the court heard.
At the time of his death, family members told police the boy
had fallen off his pogo stick.
The court was told that child protection authorities were
notified about the boy before his death by concerned
The boy's father says the system designed to protect children
is instead failing them.
"They need to be there to protect your children, the system
has failed so much in so many cases. It's pretty hard," he
told ABC Television.
The seven-year-old's siblings will now go with the father
back to New Zealand.
"The main thing is the two young ones are safe now," the
Court documents allege the boy was forced to run on the spot
and along a beach until he dropped from exhaustion.
It is also alleged he was thrown across a tent, and hit with
a plastic spatula and a one-metre stick.
The boy was also forced to sit outside wearing his underpants
for hours to punish him for wetting and soiling his pants and
denied food and water, it is alleged.
The matter will return to court on Thursday.