A MAN will appear in court on Wednesday after he was charged with a domestic assault of a pregnant woman and the subsequent death of her baby.
Officers from Central West Police District were called to Orange Health Service on Tuesday, following reports a 19-year-old woman, who was 21 weeks pregnant, had been assaulted and lost the child.
Police were told the woman initially presented at Condobolin District Hospital feeling unwell on Sunday before returning the following day in distress.
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But as the woman and her partner travelled to Orange for further treatment, the woman gave birth in the car.
On arrival, hospital staff assessed the woman and baby girl, who was declared deceased.
Inquiries revealed the man and woman had been involved in verbal arguments while travelling by car from Queensland.
Police alleged during the journey, the man assaulted her on a number of occasions.
The 21-year-old man was arrested and taken to Orange Police Station, where he was charged with reckless grievous bodily harm and contravening a prohibition or restriction in an AVO.
He was refused bail to appear at Orange Local Court.
Investigations are continuing with detectives awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.