The family of a man accused of raping a 12-day-old baby are “standing by” him, cops have told a bail hearing.
The man was arrested over an alleged incident in Annalong, Co Down, on September 29.
He is charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and sexual assault of the little boy by penetration.
The man denies causing the injuries, but has agreed he had sole custody of the child between 10.30pm to 8.30am on the night in question.
He was refused bail in court after worries about a risk of “public disorder” were raised in court today.
The alleged paedophile had been seeking to stay at his dad’s address over the border.
Cops said that while the 25-year-old’s family are “standing by” him, the man’s sister visits that property with a child.
A prosecution lawyer added the man could be at risk if released from custody at Maghaberry Prison ahead of the trial.
Newry Magistrates Court heard the details of the case, which were not revealed, are “grotesque.”
A document listing the injuries, which saw the new born tot need emergency medical treatment, was handed to the judge.
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