Jie Smith, the man accused of beating a baby boy so badly that he died, faced new charges in Newcastle Court on May 1.
Smith, who is of New Lambton, previously faced Wyong Criminal Court on February 14, accused of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm on the 6-month-old son of his partner, resulting in the baby’s death.
According to documents tendered in court, Smith was caring for the child whilst his partner was out, when the child sustained traumatic head injuries.
Police and emergency services were called to a home on Fairfield Ave, New Lambton, around 4:30am on February 9, following reports that a baby boy had gone into cardiac arrest.
It is alleged that Smith, after inflicting the injuries, left the child with a neighbour and then fled the area.
The neighbour called police and emergency services and the child was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition, where he later died.
Smith was arrested four days later after being found in a home at Budgewoi.
At the time, Smith did not apply for bail during his first hearing and his case was adjourned to Newcastle Court by residing Wyong Magistrate, Elizabeth Ellis.
His case picked up again on May 1, with Smith now facing charges of murder, recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and dishonestly obtaining property by deception.
Given the new charges against Smith, his Legal Aid lawyer requested a three week adjournment, with prosecution agreeing that a review period was needed.
Magistrate, Robert Stone, adjourned the case until May 23.
Document, May 1
Transcript and Casefile 2019/00029611, NSW Department of Justice