A heavily pregnant Queensland woman was allegedly stalked before being tortured and bashed by a young man.
The 43-year-old woman was in her Ipswich home on Wednesday afternoon when the 23-year-old man allegedly broke in.
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He allegedly “seriously assaulted” the woman, who is in her third trimester of pregnancy, police said in a statement.
She was taken to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a serious condition.
In a GoFundMe page set up to support the woman, who 7NEWS.com.au has chosen not to identify, her family claims the alleged attacker was a “complete stranger”.
The family claimed she was “bashed in her bedroom” in an “unthinkable” incident that happened when “she should have been enjoying her time before her beautiful baby arrives”.
In a social media post, her sister said the woman had tried to shield her baby during the attack.
“(She) was brutally attacked and almost killed by some crazy random guy who tried to murder her,” she said on Facebook.
“She is not OK and lucky to be alive.
“She has had her head smashed in while trying to protect her almost full-term unborn baby and now needs reconstructive surgery to her face.
“Her house was smashed to pieces too and is unsafe.”
The family has also suggested the woman will be too “traumatised” by the incident to raise the baby inside the home in which she was attacked.
The young man, who police described as a local, was arrested nearby.
He has been charged with breaking in using violence and acts intending to cause grievous bodily harm.
He has also been accused of torture and unlawful stalking using violence.
He is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on March 24.
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