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Child approach deemed to be a misunderstanding - Darling Harbour

Thursday, 08 June 2017 01:01:54 PM

Detectives investigating a report of a child being approached at a park in Darling Harbour earlier in the week have determined the incident was a misunderstanding.

Last night (Wednesday 7 June 2017) a man presented himself to Bankstown Police Station after police issued a media release and photograph as part of their investigations.

It had been reported that a man approached a 19-month-old boy at Tumbalong Park and attempted to pick him up.

Sydney City Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector David Gates, said the man attended the station to clarify the situation.

“With the help of an interpreter, the man explained the child looked unsteady on his feet, and he was simply trying to help him.

“When the boy’s father approached him, he was unable to convey this due to the language barrier and left the area.

“Police have reviewed CCTV that supports the man’s explanation and are now comfortable there was no malice involved. We have spoken with the boy’s family who indicated they were happy with the outcome of the investigation.

“While in this case no offence was committed, police need to investigate all reports of this nature and treat them as serious until they are deemed not to be.

“We would like to thank the public, the media and most importantly the man for coming forward and helping us resolve the matter,” Detective Acting Inspector Gates said.