A five-year-old boy allegedly beaten within an “inch of his life” by his mum and her boyfriend last week has woken up in hospital with his father by his side.

The boy who was allegedly “assaulted with a wooden stick” and left in a critical condition by his mother and her partner last Friday, has been receiving treatment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in western Sydney.

“He woke up (on Tuesday) and now his daddy is watching him,” the boy’s aunt told The Daily Mail. She said he was now being looked after by his father.

“It’s a miracle – I couldn’t imagine how (the father) would be if he lost him; he means the absolute world to him.”

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The boy was found in a critical condition at about 9.50pm last Friday after police were called to the home at Chadderton St, Cabramatta.

Police said in a statement they believe the child had been “assaulted with a wooden stick” and was in a critical condition. Fairfield Police found the young boy at the scene with “serious injuries” and according to multiple reports he’d been injured from “head to toe”.

He was treated by paramedics at the home before he was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a critical condition.

Dr Adam Fowler, a paediatric neurosurgeon from the hospital said in a tweet the injuries were the “worst case of suspected child beating I’ve ever seen in my professional career. One that made me physically sob whilst examining”. Dr Fowler later deleted the tweet.

One neighbour, Visal Pom, said the couple was secretive and kept their blinds shut at all times. She said the couple had only moved into the area three weeks before the horrifying attack.

“Only the first time they moved in (did they have the blinds open) as it was the first new home for them. But after that, always closed,” she said.

The boy’s mother, 31, and a man, 20, known to the boy, were arrested at the home before being taken to Liverpool Police Station.

The man was charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (DV).

The mother was charged with not providing for a child causing danger of serious injury (DV).

They appeared in Parramatta Bail Court last Saturday and were refused bail.

They are due in court again at a later date.

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