Brave father takes a beating to save his young son from being snatched

Chilling moment a drug-crazed deadbeat dad tries to kidnap a two-year-old by ripping the child from his father’s arms

  • Michael Paul Rawson, 41, pleads guilty to trying to kidnap a boy from his dad
  • He was in a drug-induced psychosis from a cocktail of meth and GHB
  • Rawson grabbed the little boy outside a library thinking he was his daughter
  • Father wrestled with him and took punches to head after being dragged down 

A father heroically protected his two-year-old son from being snatched by a conspiracy theorist in a violent drug-induced psychosis.

Michael Paul Rawson, 41, had just stepped out of a taxi from a police station on bail for drug charges as the boy and his father were walking their dog.

As the dad helped his son down from a seat outside Preston Library in Melbourne about 8.30pm on November 25, 2019, Rawson ran over and grabbed the child.

Victorian County Court heard delusions from a cocktail of meth and GHB caused Rawson, a truck driver, to believe the toddler was his daughter.

Michael Paul Rawson, 41, was deluded by a cocktail of meth and GHB when he violently tried to wrestle a little boy away from his father as they walked their dog

The father, who can’t be named, wrestled his son back but was dragged into nearby bushes with Rawson’s arm around this neck.

He was dragged to the ground where he curled up around his son to shield him as the drug-crazed attacker repeatedly punched him in the back of the head. 

Julio Alberto ran over to help but was unable to stop Rawson pulling the child away and making a run for it down Gower Street.

Mr Alberto gave chase, grabbing him around the waist, and with the help of the boy’s father managed to wrestle the child back, along with Rawson’s black dressing gown.

A struggle ensued between Rawson – now wearing just a Hawthorn AFL jumper, grey pants, and bare feet – and two witnesses as the father comforted his child. 

Rawson took off and hid in a front garden, where he was cornered by police and charged at them when they tried to arrest him.

The father suffered a cut lip and bruises to his eye and the back of his head while his son was traumatised and screaming.

Rawson pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, assault, causing reckless injury, resisting arrest, and assaulting an emergency officer

The father has a conversation on the phone while his son plays in a garden outside the Preston Public Library in Melbourne

Rawson was taken to Austin Hospital where he tried to escape from his bed while ‘screaming and thrashing’.

He grabbed a medical worker’s wrist and squeezed and twisted it until he was restrained and strapped to the bed.

Rawson pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, assault, causing reckless injury, resisting arrest, and assaulting an emergency officer.

The emotional criminal choked back tears as he made his plea to each individual charge from Ravenhall prison in a video-link hearing on Tuesday.

Defence lawyer Mel Walker said her client was seen about 6.10pm that night ‘staring into space’ on a nature strip.

Witnesses called police concerned for his welfare saying he ‘didn’t seem quite right’ and officers arrived to find him visibly high on drugs.

He was searched and 2.5g of meth found on him, so they took him to Preston Police Station. He was released on bail soon after changed with drug possession.

Rawson runs over to the father as son as the dad helps the toddler down from the bench

Rawson grabs the child and his father desperately wrestles with him to prevent the toddler being taken away

The court heard Rawson had a troubled childhood, moving from place to place as his father was a conman constantly ripping people off.

He was bullied at every new school and dropped out early, having a child at just 19 with his partner Christie Vine.

The couple married in 2011 and had five children, one of whom is autistic and the eldest is now 21 and the youngest six years old.

They broke up in 2015 after an argument about housekeeping, after which his ‘world came crumbling down’,’ Ms Walker said.

The court heard Rawson was depressed but instead of getting help self-medicated with meth to ‘increase his motivation’.

Rawson delved into conspiracy theories and ‘constantly’ bombarded Ms Vine with screenshots of anti-vaxxer material linking vaccines to autism.

His Facebook page is littered with hundreds of bizarre images, memes, and links to conspiracy theory material.

 He was dragged to the ground where he curled up around his son to shield him as the drug-crazed attacker repeatedly punched him in the back of the head

A struggle ensued between Rawson – now wearing just a Hawthorn AFL jumper, grey pants, and bare feet – and two witnesses as the father comforted his child

Ms Vine got a restraining order but he repeatedly breached it by sending her more conspiracy theory material along with calls and text messages.

Rawson was put on several community corrections orders but had stayed out of trouble for some time before his arrest last November. 

He had not been allowed to see his children for some time before he tried to snatch the boy whom he thought was his daughter.

‘His behaviour on the day was extraordinary, unwarranted, unprovoked, and not contemplated for nefarious intention,’ Ms Walker said.

‘The behaviour and intention did just make sense… he had difficulty coming to terms with what he did.’

Ms Walker argued Rawson’s actions were out of character and didn’t know mixing GHB and meth would cause the psychosis, making it a mitigating factor.

She said her client would accept a lengthy corrections order following an inevitable jail term, including wearing an ankle monitor and a curfew.

Rawson will be sentenced next Tuesday.  

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