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‘She was bleeding on the baby’: Manhunt on for a stake-wielding man after random attack

Macquarie National News

A woman holding her small baby has been bashed with a wooden stake in a suspected random attack in Geelong.

There is a manhunt is underway this morning for the stake-wielding man.

He set upon the woman, 31, on a walking track in Hamlyn Heights about 3.25pm yesterday.

Senior Sergeant Terry Hay from the Geelong Crime Investigation Unit said the mother is still in hospital this morning.

“She was hit about the body with this wooden stake, and the head,” he said.

“It’s just frightening what happened to her.

“She covered up the baby, she was bleeding on the baby but the baby miraculously didn’t get injured.

“He was facing outwards, looking at the attacker.”

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Police think the offender picked up a nearby stake used to prop up juvenile trees.

“He comes out of the bushes, mumbling something, he’s either drug-affected or ill at ease about something,” Snr Sgt Hay said.

“As he began to beat her, her purse dropped and he’s grabbed that and taken off.”

The man as described as Caucasian, about six-foot-tall, aged in his 40s with gaunt facial features.

The woman was taken to Geelong University Hospital in a stable condition.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

Macquarie National News