Mother loses teeth in savage beachside assault
AN Andergrove mother is traumatised after she was savagely assaulted trying to stop a man she believed was snatching her two-year-old son.
Three teeth were knocked out and her face is swollen and bruised.
"My daughter-in-law's face was hit so hard that the dentist at the hospital couldn't retrieve the teeth but had to remove fragments of them and warned that she would have future problems with her teeth," family member John Carlson said.
The shocking incident occurred last Wednesday when the mother, who requested her name not be printed, took her three children to the beachside park on Binnington Esplanade.
As the young woman was focused on her one-year-old daughter, she saw a middle-aged man talking to her two-year-old son before he hoisted the boy over his shoulder. The mother ran over and pulled her son away.
At that point the mother was punched in the face with such force she lost three teeth. She was taken to hospital where she was interviewed by a social worker and two police officers.
"That was the last my daughter-in-law heard (from police)," Yvonne Ford, Mr Carlson's partner, said.
The mother has since learned her gums were so damaged by the assault she was at risk of losing more teeth.
Her family is critical of the police response to the incident.
Ms Ford took the woman back to the police station on Friday for an update on the investigation.
"But they questioned why we were even there," Ms Ford said. "It's not good enough."
Mackay police Acting Detective Inspector Mick Searle confirmed police were investigating the incident.
Insp Searle said officers spoke with the mother at Mackay Base Hospital and several police crews swarmed the area around Binnington Esplanade.
He said a cordon was established and forensics reviewed the area. Police spoke with a witnesses and had since revisited the location, he said.
"Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident as the woman alleged it occurred," he said. "We are appealing for witnesses and the man to come forward."
Anyone with any information is urged to phone Policelink on 131 444 Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.