Cabramatta boy: In ‘House of Horrors’ where the child is said to have been beaten ‘within an inch of his life’
Strangers come and go, CCTV cameras ring the red brick rental home and without fail the blinds are always pulled down.
This is the ‘house of horrors’ in Sydney where a five-year-old boy was reportedly beaten with a metal pole and wooden stick by his mother’s new lover within an inch of his life.
The Cabramatta toddler was rushed to hospital Friday night with injuries that a devastated doctor candidly described as the ‘worst’ he has ever seen.
As the child fights for life, neighbors shed light on the intensely privately arrested mother of the boy, 31, and her boyfriend, 20 – who moved in just weeks ago.
Outside the ‘house of the horrors’: neighbor Visal Pom (above), who lives in the back, said the mysterious mother kept the blinds completely closed regardless of the time of day
A toy scooter, bicycle and Thomas the Tank Engine roll box were piled up in front of the house, along with a carton of soda and an old mattress
The front yard: Piles of water bottles, Red Bull and coconut drink are piled up in the front yard, along with a mattress and an old pillow
The house where the mother, her son, and friend lived was surrounded by closed-circuit TV cameras, but neighbors said it was unclear whether they were using it
“The blinds are always closed, always closed, never see them open at all,” said Visal Pom, a mother of three, who lives with her family in a small house at the back.
‘Only the first time they moved in (they had the blinds open), because it was the first new house for them. But always closed after that. ‘
Another neighbor, Kosen Kim, said he saw several men visiting the home of the seemingly unemployed couple every day.
A heartbroken Mrs. Kim, who said she wished she could have done more, said, “All the different people come … the men are always changing.
‘Every day I see different (people), not the same person’.
A Thomas the Tank Engine toy and cardboard box filled with junk sit idle in front of the ‘house of horrors’ where Friday night’s tragic events allegedly took place
Children’s shoes, a discarded lunch box, and a carton of soda lay on the porch
An old mattress is placed outside the front of the house, exposed to the elements
Neighbors said the only child – another man’s son – seemed happy walking around the yard with his toys about twice a week.
A bike, scooter, and Thomas the Tank Engine bucket sat idle in the front yard this week, alongside piles of trash, plastic bags, an old mattress, and a discarded pillow.
Only a few neighbors heard the commotion on Friday evening, which led to the police calling around 9:50 PM.
Another neighbor said the yelling prompted him to turn up the volume of a movie he was watching – assuming it was just another bunch of locals having their usual row.
The boy was rushed to hospital and the mother and her boyfriend were arrested on the spot.
Police gather outside the house the night after alleged ‘smacking’ incident escalated into a suspected child abuse case
The suspected abuse led to a rare public disclosure of the horrific extent of the boy’s injuries by a surgeon at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Adam Fowler tweeted: ‘One recording overnight. The worst case of child abuse I’ve ever seen in my professional career.
One that made me sob physically while examining. I can’t even now. ‘
Dr. Fowler said the boy now had an army of medical professionals at his side as he fights for his life in the hospital.
‘Well boy! Here’s the good news. There is now an army of health and community professionals at your side. Day 1 has started. Dr. Fowler has since deleted his tweets.
Dr. Adam Fowler said on Twitter Saturday that it was one of the worst cases of suspected abuse he had ever seen
Police charged the mother’s friend with “ wound intending to cause serious bodily harm, ” while his mother was charged with failing to care for a child at risk of serious injury.
The couple appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, where both were denied bail.
Turning down a bail application from the man, Magistrate Peter Miszalski said, “What started with beating the victim to disciplinary action ended with the victim being seriously injured. I’ve seen the pictures. They are very disturbing. ‘
A spokesman for New South Wales police said on Monday that the boy – who has been placed in state care – is in a critical condition in the hospital, but stable.
The couple will appear in court again this week.