Young babysitter couple are accused of & # 39; extreme violence & # 39; against a three-year-old boy after being found all over his body with horrific injuries – but they say he slipped and fell
A young couple looking after a little boy in Melbourne has been accused of & # 39; extreme violence & # 39; against him, causing serious brain damage that can affect the child for life.
But student Xing Tong Shen  and her friend Xi Zhang  deny that they hurt the three-year-old boy on May 8 this year in their Docklands home.
Instead, they claim that the boy climbed onto Zhang's shoulders while the couple watched TV, but slipped and hit his head.
A young couple chatting to a little boy in Melbourne have been accused of & # 39; extreme violence & # 39; against him, causing serious brain damage that the child can be affected for life
According to court documents, the child arrived unconscious at the hospital with bruises on his face, stomach, right leg, both ears, and one foot – doctors told the story did not match.
The little boy underwent brain surgery, with a blood clot removed, and was placed in an induced coma.
Researchers say that the child's bruises were of different ages, that a & # 39; significant injury & # 39; his ankle and foot may have been the result of stamping, and that the boy could experience lifelong disorders such as cerebral palsy or partial paralysis.
The child, now four, has undergone a recorded session with the police.
Lawyers say it is clear that he & # 39; has no memory of this specific incident & # 39 ;.
On Friday, the couple appeared via a video link in Melbourne Magistrates Court, with Shen's lawyer who said she had written a 11-page statement that hopefully would resolve the issue.
He said the statement was still translated into Mandarin from English.
The court is also waiting for a biomechanical report, which will recreate the pair's version of the pair and determine how plausible it was that the child could have been so seriously injured despite falling less than a meter.
Shen and Zhang are both accused of counting intentional serious injury.
According to legal documents, the couple was looking after the child to prevent him from becoming ill because his mother had the flu.
They brought the unconscious boy to the Royal Children's & # 39; s Hospital that night, claiming that the couple took 45 minutes to get medical help.
Shen and Zhang have been taken into pre-trial detention to return to court on September 20.
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