Teen Charged After Girl Shot In Face With 'Makeshift Blow Dart'
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A teenager has been charged after a girl was hospitalised with a projectile lodged in her cheek, fired from what police allege was a home made blow dart in Cessnock, NSW.
While walking with four friends on Wollombi Road at about 7.15 pm on Saturday, officers allege the 15-year-old girl was randomly targeted when a male discharged an object from a stopped vehicle.
The girl was taken to Cessnock Hospital before being transferred to John Hunter Hospital, where she underwent surgery to remove the object -- which appears to be a screw with tape attached -- from her cheek.
Witnesses told authorities they saw a white Toyota Hilux leave the scene.
A Facebook post appealing for information on the incident, including a photo of the girl's injury, was shared close to 9,000 times.
"Some dog drove past my friends daughter tonight around 7.15pm near the metro service station on Wollombi road and francis street and show a blow dart out of the window hitting her in the face," the post read.
The vehicle was located a short time after the attack and just after 4pm on Sunday, a 17-year-old male attended Cessnock Police Station.
He has been charged with reckless wounding and possessing or using a prohibited weapon.
He has been granted conditional bail and will appear before a Children's Court on December 11.