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Baby in intensive care following sexual assault

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A two-week-old baby is in intensive care following a serious sexual assault last weekend.

The infant, who was just twelve days old when he was raped, is currently being treated in Belfast’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

Police said detectives from the PSNI Serious Crime Branch are investigating an incident in which an infant sustained a number of serious injuries after an incident on Saturday, September 29.

A 25-year-old man was charged with rape and grievous bodily harm with intent.

The defendant made a brief appearance at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday in order to hear the charges read out to him following the alleged incident on Saturday, September 29.

A detective sergeant, also present before the court, believes he was able to connect the 25-year-old with the charges.

No bail application was made by the defendant’s counsel at this stage.

He was remanded into custody at Maghaberry prison and is due to appear before Newry Magistrates’ Court next Wednesday morning, October 10, via videolink.

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