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Girl, 2, fights for life with man charged

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016 Anna Hitchings and Simone Ziaziaris

A man charged over the vicious assault of a young Sydney girl who's fighting for her life in hospital had only been dating the child's mother for a short time.

Mohammed Khazma, 22, was arrested in Fairfield several hours after Monday's alleged attack on the two-year-old and charged with reckless assault causing grievous bodily harm.

He did not come up from the cells during a brief hearing in Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday morning and there was no bail application.

Police say the mother, also 22, and Khazma had been together for a short time, with some media outlets reporting it as little as six weeks.

The mother discovered the girl on Monday afternoon at the couple's Marian St home in Guildford West and then drove with the child to the man's family's house on nearby McCredie Rd.

Police allege Khazma physically assaulted the girl on Monday afternoon in a granny flat, in which the trio lived.

Emergency services were called to McCredie Rd and paramedics performed CPR on the girl, who had gone into cardiac arrest.

According to the ABC, the mother was collapsed on the road on the driver's side of the car as paramedics worked on her daughter.

Acting Superintendent Glen Parks said on Tuesday the mother was "very upset" and was helping the police investigation.

"This is going to be a long process and we need to work with her," Supt Parks told reporters.

He described the assault on the girl as "shocking".

"It is a human instinct to care for the young and the vulnerable and when instances like this occur it is often very difficult to comprehend," he said. "Any incident like this is very difficult."

A NSW Police spokeswoman said the girl remained at the Children's Hospital in Westmead in a critical and unstable condition.

Khazma's next court date is scheduled for January 10.

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