A man charged with the murder of a six-month-old baby who was in his care at New Lambton has been refused bail.
Jie William Smith, 28, appeared briefly in Wyong Court on Wednesday morning following his arrest at Budgewoi on Wednesday afternoon.
He did not enter pleas to charges of murder and reckless grievous bodily harm.
Dressed in a camouflage singlet and board shorts Mr Smith stood in the dock as Magistrate Elizabeth Ellis advised him he would be foolish to apply for bail.
Police and emergency services were called to a home on Fairfield Avenue, New Lambton, just after 4.30am on Saturday following reports a six-month-old boy had gone into cardiac arrest.
The child was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition. Despite the efforts of hospital staff, the boy died late on Sunday.
Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad and Newcastle City Police District, assisted by the Homicide Squad, established Strike Force Wandearah to investigate the circumstances surrounding the child’s death.
A post-mortem examination determined the child died as a result of a traumatic head injury.
Mr Smith did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.
A brief of evidence will be served by April 11 and the matter was adjourned to Newcastle Local Court for mention on May 1.