The uncles of a young boy with severe head injuries in Starship Hospital says his father has gone into hiding after being threatened.
Police say if the boy survives he'll be severely disabled and brain damaged for life.
Two of the his uncles say the four-year-old is making progress in hospital, and is slowly starting to talk and move.
The men say they don't know how the boy was hurt but just want the truth - which may come from the boy himself.
Jordan Bond reports.