Man, woman charged over ‘torture and abuse’ of young girl at children’s hospital

A man and a woman have been charged over alleged child abuse in the Northern Territory.

Key points:The 31-year-old man has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm to a child aged under 15The 31 year-old woman has been taken to the Northern Territorial Children’s Hospital and remains in hospitalThe woman’s identity is being protected by a publication banThe Northern Territory’s chief coroner has confirmed a 31-day police investigation has been launched into an alleged abuse of a young girl in Darwin’s south-west in October.

The case is being investigated by the Northern Territories Child Protection Authority (NTCPA), the NT Children’s Commissioner and the NT Department of Human Services.

“A child protection officer has been contacted by the child welfare agency and is undertaking the investigation,” a statement from the NT CPS said.

“The NTCPA will not tolerate such conduct, and we are committed to taking all necessary actions to ensure the safety of all children in the NT.”

The 41-year old man, from Darwin, was charged on Thursday and will appear in Darwin Local Court on Friday.

He has been remanded in custody.

The woman, from Tenterfield, has been detained in custody at the Northern Regional Children’s Centre for three days.

Police said a child welfare officer has contacted them and the matter is being referred to the NT Child Protection Agency.

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