Missing six-day-old baby found in Mascot, parents arrested

Police Inspector Stuart Sweeney address the media. Photo: Christopher PearceWarrant issued for parents of six-day-old baby

A missing six-day-old baby and his parents have been found.

The baby boy is in the care of medical staff at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.

Police said the child was taken to the hospital by a number of family members earlier on Saturday night.

The boy’s 25-year-old father was arrested on King Street in Mascot about 6pm, and his mother was arrested at the Sydney Children’s Hospital just before 8pm.

Both parents were charged by virtue of their arrest warrants on Saturday night. They were refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Children’s Court via video link on Sunday, where a magistrate placed a suppression order on the case.

Earlier on Saturday police said they had serious concerns for the child, and issued warrants for the arrest of his “erratic” parents, after the family went missing from the western suburbs earlier in the week.

The baby had last been seen with his parents Salome Taufahema, 28, and Steven Kennedy, 25, by a health worker at Regents Park, where they live, on Tuesday.

At a press conference in Auburn on Saturday afternoon Inspector Stuart Sweeney said the baby required urgent medical attention.

Police said they had concerns for his welfare because of reports of the parents’ erratic behaviour, and issued warrants for the pair’s arrest.

Inspector Sweeney said police believed the parents were actively evading police and hiding from authorities.

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