A man has been charged after a teenager suffered serious burns in the Riverina earlier this year.
About 5.30pm on 28 August 2016, four people, including a 20-year-old man and 14-year-old boy, were in a backyard of a home in Lockhart.
While at the premises it’s alleged the man threw a flammable liquid on the 14-year-old boy, before igniting a lighter near him.
The teenager suffered serious burns to his arm, hands and back. He is currently receiving treatment at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad were notified and commenced an investigation.
Following inquiries, the man was arrested at Lockhart yesterday (Saturday 1 October 2016).
He was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with cause grievous bodily harm with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.
The man has been refused bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Sunday 2 October 2016).
The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.