A man has been arrested after a girl was allegedly struck in the face with a blow dart, just below her left eye.
Police said the girl, 15, was walking with four friends on Wollombi Road at Cessnock at about 7.15pm on Saturday when a vehicle stopped, and a man allegedly discharged an object.
Police will allege it was a makeshift blow dart.
“She was taken to Cessnock Hospital for treatment and transferred to John Hunter Hospital where she underwent surgery to remove the projectile from her cheek,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.
Officers from the Hunter Valley Police District started an investigation.
Police said witnesses reported seeing a white Toyota Hilux leave the scene.
Police found the car a short time later.
A youth, 17, attended Cessnock Police Station on Sunday where he spoke with investigators and was arrested.
He was charged with reckless wounding, and possess or use of a prohibited weapon. The youth was granted conditional bail to attend the Children’s Court on Tuesday, December 11.
A Facebook post with a graphic image of the injury has been shared more than 8700 times and garnered concern.
“So lucky it didn’t get her in the eye, but regardless what a traumatic experience,” one person wrote.
Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.