Police are investigating the possible assault of a four-year-old boy who was found naked in the toilets of a popular public swimming pool on the weekend.
The boy wandered off from his mother inside the Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre at Bexley, south of Sydney, on Saturday afternoon, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Following a frantic search, the boy was found naked inside a bathroom a short time later, the publication reported.
The pool was closed to the public for the afternoon and guests were asked to leave. Police arrived about 2.45pm.
“A crime scene was established, and examined by specialist police. Samples, including items of clothing, were seized and taken for forensic examination,” police said in a statement.
“The matter has now been referred to the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad who have commenced an investigation.”
Man with Covid visited Bexley pool
A woman who was called to the centre to collect her younger siblings told Daily Mail she saw a woman "crying and screaming, hugging" a boy Saturday afternoon.
The bathrooms had been taped off by police, she said.
Bayside Mayor Joe Awada described the incident as "disturbing".
“I was briefed about this incident early this morning [Monday] and it's very disturbing, but the council has provided police with CCTV and pool access to help with the investigation,” Mr Awada said, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Only a few hours after the centre's reopening announcement, it was forced to update members yet again about an entirely separate issue – NSW's newest coronavirus case had attended the centre on Saturday morning.
Members who visited the centre between 9am and 9.30am on March 13 were asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested for Covid-19 if any arise.
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