NSW man denied bail after failed abduction

Andrew Leeson

A man accused of trying to abduct a toddler from a western Sydney shopping centre has been refused bail.

The two-year-old girl's parents intervened after the man allegedly tried to take their daughter from a playground inside a Penrith shopping centre about 2.30pm on Wednesday, police said in a statement.

Anthony McGauley was arrested later at a home in Penrith and charged with attempting to abduct the child.

The 41-year-old, who was not known to the girl, faced Penrith Local Court on Thursday and was denied bail. He will reappear in court on September 22.