Goonellabah resident Kellie holds the rock that struck 21-month-old Brodie in the side of his head, leaving a still visible wound.
Goonellabah resident Kellie holds the rock that struck 21-month-old Brodie in the side of his head, leaving a still visible wound. Jacklyn Wagner

Police arrest two boys over attack

A GOONELLABAH mother feared for her one-year-old son’s life when a rock thrown at her family car hit him in the head causing lacerations.

“We were driving along Oliver Avenue when the baby just started screaming – an ear-piercing scream. Then my eight-year-old son, Jake, held up a rock saying ‘mum, look what just came through the window – look at Brodie’s face’,” said Kellie, who asked that her surname not be used.

“I was in shock. My husband leapt out of the car and chased after two boys, but they got away. I’ve never seen him like that.”

A security guard at the nearby Goonellabah skate park heard Brodie’s screams and came to the family’s assistance. He called the police.

Ambulance officers attended and treated the child at the scene.

Police arrested two young boys, aged 11 and 14, soon after and have appealed for any witnesses who were near the skate park between 3.20pm and 3.30pm to come forward.

Kellie said the rock wasn’t thrown from the skate park, but her older sons spotted the boys in bushes on the other side of the road.

“The ambulance officer said if the rock had hit him in the temple he could have died,” Kellie said. “It could have easily hit him in the eye too.

“We were going to the aquatic centre for a swim when it happened. It’s very upsetting. I don’t want to go back there if that keeps happening. They tried to make a centre for everyone, but it has got worse since the skate park opened.

“I don’t feel safe there any more and I’d never let my boys play there. I think there’s more hanging than skating around going on.”

Inspector Bill McKenna said there had been an element of antisocial behaviour at the skate park that was being dealt with. “This is an isolated and separate incident,” he said.

“Ultimately we want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves at the skate park in a safe and friendly environment.”

A Lismore City Council spokesperson said police, the Department of Education, Community Connections and the indigenous community were working together to manageactivities at the Goonellabah Youth Plaza.

“We are also working with young people to develop a code of conduct for the facility and the implementation of that code is expected to increase shared use and co-operation,” she said.



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