Three people charged following baby snatch, hit-and-run in Blacktown

Paramedics treat a man at the scene of an alleged hit and run on Main Street, Blacktown. Picture: 9 News
Paramedics treat a man at the scene of an alleged hit and run on Main Street, Blacktown. Picture: 9 News

A man has been arrested in Kempsey after he allegedly snatched a two-day-old child from Blacktown Hospital last week.

The man, 28, became the third person to be charged following chaotic scenes in Blacktown on Friday, that saw a pedestrian hit by a car and a baby missing.

It’s alleged he and two women – believed to be the child’s father, mother and grandmother –  took the newborn from the hospital about 3pm on Friday, October 6. 

As they made their getaway through the streets of Blacktown, their car allegedly ploughed into a man, 61, on Main Street. 

He was left sprawled on the street with head injuries, as the group fled the scene on foot.

Paramedics performed CPR at the scene and the man was taken to Westmead Hospital for surgery. He was in a stable condition.

Witnesses saw the Holden Commodore driving on the wrong side of the road, run a red light and swipe another car before it crashed into the man, who was crossing the street with his wife near the intersection with Warrick Lane.

Police arrested a woman, 47, who was allegedly behind the wheel of the Holden later on Friday afternoon, after she returned to the crash scene.

She was charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and furious driving.

The woman faced Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.

Another woman, 19, was charged after she allegedly agreed to conceal the baby inside her pram.

The child is now in the care of a government agency.

Police spoke with the child’s mother, 27, a she was taken to hospital for a mental health assessment. 

About 3pm on Saturday, the 28-year-old man was arrested after turning himself into Kempsey Hospital for treatment.

He was taken to Kempsey police station and charged with take/detain child with intent to remove from parental control.

The man was refused bail and appeared before Port Macquarie Local Court on Sunday.