A man has been charged after his partner's toddler, left in his care, was severely burned in the NSW Central West.
The two-year-old boy was left in the care of the 30-year-old man while the child's mother was at work on Saturday evening, NSW Police said in a statement on Monday.
The mother arrived home to find the child unsettled - then she discovered his injuries.
He was taken to Condobolin Hospital with second-degree burns to his face and back.
Police were notified at 3.30am on Sunday before the child was airlifted to Westmead Children's Hospital for surgery.
Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad arrested the man at Bathurst at 5pm on Sunday.
He was charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and child neglect.
He is expected to front Bathurst Local Court on Monday while investigations continue.
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