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Sickening Attack On Victorian Mum Protecting Her Baby

A mother has been attacked with a wooden stake while carrying her five-month-old baby in the middle of the afternoon in Victoria's Geelong.

Police say the 31-year-old woman was carrying the young boy in a sling across her chest near the intersection of Drysdale Avenue and Hillwood Crescent in Hamlyn Heights yesterday just before 3.30pm.

The man emerged from behind some bushes and approached the woman before hitting her in the legs and face.

The attack only stopped when she dropped her wallet, which the man picked up before running off

The man is described as Caucasian, aged in his 40s and about 183 centimetres tall with gaunt facial features.

He was wearing a loose-fitting dark blue or grey T-shirt at the time of the assault.

Investigators are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time or may have stopped and spoken to the victim as she walked along Drysdale Street following the attack.

© AAP 2019

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