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Accused baby assault dad granted bail

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016 Ed Jackson

A man charged over an alleged assault which left his baby daughter in a Queensland hospital with serious brain injuries has faced court.

The 39-year-old New Zealand man, who cannot be identified, was granted bail after appearing in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday charged with grievous bodily harm.

It's alleged he assaulted the four-month-old girl when she became unresponsive and was transported from her Upper Coomera home to the Gold Coast University Hospital on July 20.

The court heard the child remains in hospital in a vegetative state after the alleged incident.

The man, who is a fly-in, fly-out mine worker, was arrested on Sunday at Brisbane Airport after returning from Western Australia.

The court heard the man was alone with the child when the alleged assault occurred.

Unable to revive the girl, the man's phone was out of battery and he had to go to neighbours to call emergency services, the court was told.

The man's lawyer, Paul Hamilton, said his client knew he was under investigation but had shown no intention to flee.

"(He) could have fled the jurisdiction if he wanted to, knowing full well the injuries alleged in the prosecution case are very serious, leaving her in a vegetative state," Mr Hamilton said.

As part of his bail conditions, the man can only visit his daughter in the presence of hospital staff or "a responsible adult with no prior criminal convictions".

He has also been ordered to pay a $20,000 surety and surrender his passport.

The case has been adjourned until January 17.

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