Father Charged With Son's Death Formally Refused Bail

Charged with the murder of his son, a 36-year-old man appeared in court today.

What you need to know
  • A five-year-old boy died after allegedly being stabbed by his father in Sydney on Friday
  • The man was charged with murder and appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Saturday
  • Police described the crime as "about as bad as it gets"

A Sydney father will face court after he allegedly stabbed his five-year-old son to death in an alleged domestic incident described by police as "horrendous".

The 36-year-old man was questioned by detectives for most of Friday after the boy's grandmother made a frantic attempt to get him help by cradling him into a car and driving away from the scene in Carlingford.

The boy died about an hour after arriving at Westmead Children's Hospital. "The level of violence is horrendous ... it's probably about as bad it gets, really," Superintendent Rob Critchlow said.

The man was charged with murder and appeared briefly in Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.

He did not apply for bail but it was formally refused by the magistrate, and he was remanded in custody.

His case will return to court on July 30.

Neighbours described the boy as a sweet, intelligent, friendly child.

"It's shocking," Hank Lewin told reporters in Carlingford on Friday.

The father had recently spent time in hospital and away from work, neighbours said.