‘Terrifying’: Woman’s husband charged with rape of toddler
A man has been charged with raping a toddler in Melbourne’s north-west, it has emerged.
Key points:A woman and her husband are charged with the rape of a 2-year-old child in the Melbourne suburb of Port PhillipPolice allege the woman lured her son into a “garden party” where she was rapedThe man was arrested on Friday, police sayThe mother has been bailed to appear in court on MondayThe woman’s husband was arrested at a home in Port Phillip and is being questioned by police over allegations he was involved in the incident.
The woman and the man’s two children were at a “playground” in the suburb on Sunday when they were approached by a man who “took the toddler and dragged him to a garden party”, police allege.
“At the party, the child was assaulted by the defendant, who raped the child,” a statement from the police said.
“The defendant was arrested and charged with aggravated rape and two counts of kidnapping.”
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and her boyfriend were each charged with two counts each of aggravated rape, abduction and kidnapping.
They were each released on bail on Saturday and will appear in Port Arthur Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police allege that the toddler was forced into a garden at the house where they were staying.
The court heard the woman was then allegedly taken to the man, who was then arrested and later bailed to return to court on Tuesday.
A police spokesperson said: “At the time of the alleged offences, the mother and the father were both residents of Port Arthur.”
“A garda who was involved with the investigation had attended the home and assisted in the arrest of the suspect,” they said.
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