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Police Hunt Man After Mother And Baby Son Attacked With Wooden Stake

Police have released an image of a man they are searching for after a mother and baby were attacked on Tuesday.

A mother was strolling along a popular walking track with her five-month-old baby around her chest when she was set upon by a violent attacker.

Around 3.30pm on Tuesday afternoon, the woman was walking the Hamlyn Heights path in Geelong, Victoria, when a man approached her.

The man allegedly hit the 31-year-old mum repeatedly with a wooden stake. The woman was struck in the face, and on her legs and arms, as she tried to shield her baby boy from injury.

On Friday, police released an image of the man they are looking for in connection to the attack. He is described as Caucasian, aged in his 40s and about 183 centimeters tall.

Police Image Wooden Stake Attacker
Image of the man police are searching for. Image: Victoria Police

The woman told police her alleged attacker muttered something undecipherable before he started hitting her.

She described the man as incoherent, but police could not confirm if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"It's a very unprovoked, violent attack towards the woman and her child," Detective Sergeant Gary Arends said on Wednesday.

Hamlyn Heights
The intersection of Drysdale Avenue and Hillwood Close, Hamlyn Heights. Image: Google Maps.

"It's a well-worn path, lots of people ride their bikes, lots of children ride their bikes. It's what you would consider to be a safe area."

The attack stopped when the mother dropped her wallet, which the attacker allegedly grabbed before fleeing the scene.

When emergency services arrived, they transported her to Geelong Hospital where she was treated for cuts, bruises, and abrasions. Her baby was uninjured but covered in his mother's blood, after she bled onto him following the alleged attack.

Hamlyn Heights
The intersection of Drysdale Avenue and Hillwood Close, Hamlyn Heights. Image: Google Maps.

Police say the woman lives close to where she and her child were attacked, and have appealed to witnesses to contact them with information.

Police are also conducting a search of CCTV footage from the area in the hope they will be able to identify the alleged perpetrator.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au