Two-week-old baby FIGHTING FOR LIFE after ‘serious assault’

The baby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is from the Annalong area of County Down, reports claim. 

A 25-year-old man has been charged with rape and grievous bodily harm, as the baby is in intensive care at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

The accused, whose name cannot be reported due to the right to anonymity the baby victim has as a legal right to, made a brief appearance in court to hear the charges read out to him following the alleged incident on Saturday, 29 September.

The man was remanded into custody at Maghaberry prison and is due to appear before Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 10 October.