Homeless man accused of attempting to snatch baby at beach

The woman told police she feared the man was going to "take her baby and kill him". Photo / Getty
The woman told police she feared the man was going to "take her baby and kill him". Photo / Getty

A homeless man accused of attempting to snatch a baby at a popular Sydney beach allegedly told the infant's mother: "This will be his last bread before he dies".

Court documents have revealed the terrifying alleged encounter between 38-year-old Ronnie Ramirez and a new mother, 31, as she lay on the sand at Bronte Beach last Monday with her baby boy on a towel beside her.

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The woman told police she feared Ramirez was going to "take her baby and kill him" after the stranger lunged at her son and shoved her into the ground.

A police statement of facts tendered to Central Local Court describes how Ramirez had attempted to grab the seven-week-old after telling the boy's mother: "This is not your baby.

Give it to me. I'm taking it."

"The victim shouted, 'Help, call the police,"' the fact sheet states.

"Whilst doing this the victim heard the accused say things such as 'This will be his last thing to eat' and 'This will be his last bread before he dies'."

Police say the woman suffered minor injuries as she struggled with Ramirez until three lifeguards were able to pull him away.

The accused - who is said to have been two weeks into a six-month good behaviour bond at the time of the alleged abduction attempt on February 8 - was arrested and charged with attempting to take or detain a child and common assault.

Court documents note Ramirez had no fixed residence and listed his address as Bondi Beach.

The documents also record concerns that "due to his homelessness the accused is frequenting beaches in eastern suburbs, which police suggest is placing the community at risk".

Ramirez did not apply for bail on Tuesday and it was formally refused by Magistrate Les Mabbutt.

A Justice Health report has been ordered to investigate the accused man's "apparent mental health issues".

The case is expected to return to court in April.

- AAP

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