Men Pour Petrol On Mother And Two-Year-Old Son In 'Horrific' Home Invasion
Two men have poured petrol on a young mother and her two-year-old son before threatening to set them alight in a "horrific" home invasion in northern Tasmania.
The men were wearing balaclavas when they kicked down the front door of the Launceston home in Kings Meadows on Wednesday morning.
Police said they were looking for two other people at the home, who weren't present at the time.
Acting Detective Inspector John Park said the men then threatened the 23-year-old woman and her son.
"When the offenders have not been able to ascertain the information they wanted, they've poured petrol over the victim .... and over the back of the two-year-old child and threatened to burn the child in the presence of its mother," he said.
The offenders then left the home with a sum of money.
Det Insp Parker described the act as "horrific".
"Whether it be the mother or the child … the fact that someone has had petrol poured over them and then threatened to be burned alive is a horrific act."
While the child and mother initially appeared uninjured, he said the 23-year-old later suffered complications from the petrol and was taken to hospital for assessment.
Police believe the offenders knew the occupants of the home, but were not necessarily known by the woman.
"We don’t believe it was a random attack," he said.
"So, generally speaking, the community should not be alarmed for their own safety. "
He would not comment on whether the incident was drug-related.
The two men, believed to be aged between 30 and 45, remain on the run.
Police are urging anyone with information or CCTV of the offenders nearby to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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