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Dad left girl in burning car: WA police

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A man has been charged after he allegedly left his daughter in a stolen car that had crashed into a barrier and burst into flames in Perth.

Police rescued the girl from the flames after the vehicle crashed into a barrier on the Great Eastern Highway in Perth’s outer northeast suburbs on Sunday night.

The driver had run away leaving the girl in the burning car, police said.

He was found nearby in Midvale and was taken to Swan Districts Hospital for treatment to injuries received in the crash.

The girl is in Princess Margaret Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police were first called to a home in the northern suburb of Ellenbrook just after 10pm on Sunday to deal with a domestic disturbance.

They learned that a 25-year-old man had left in an allegedly stolen vehicle with his daughter.

Officers found the car an hour later, but the driver failed to stop and police decided not to pursue because the child was in the car.

Instead, police monitored the vehicle which is believed to have hit another car before being found smashed into a concrete barrier.

The man allegedly failed a breath test at the hospital and was taken to Midland Police Station where he was charged with being armed in a way that may cause fear, aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm and criminal damage.

He was also charged with a number of driving offences, including stealing a motor vehicle and dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm.

He appeared at a bedside hearing at Royal Perth Hospital on Monday and was remanded in custody.