Australian man charged with torture and sexual assault of toddler

A Queensland man has been charged with torture after a violent attack on a child left her in hospital with serious injuries. 

The three-year-old girl was brought to hospital in Brisbane at approximately 8pm on Thursday evening.

Due to the girl's injuries, staff contacted police and a formal investigation was launched. 

As a result of the investigations the man charged was with nine offences including torture, grievous bodily harm and sexual assault.

"She is a cute little muffin that didn't deserve this," a neighbour told the Courier Mail.

"The mother obviously cares for the little girl. She looked well cared for, well looked after, beautiful manners. A darling little girl."

The girl is still in hospital in a serious but stable condition.