A 17-year-old boy has been charged with dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to a two-year-old boy near his home in Cork city last March.

The 17-year-old was arrested and brought before a sitting of Cork District Court today.

Sgt Geared Davis said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial on indictment in the case.

The State opposed bail for the defendant citing the seriousness of the alleged offence which it alleged resulted in the child being hospitalised at Temple Street Children's Hospital for seven weeks for treatment for a head injury following the incident on 25 March at a housing estate in Cork.

The child was said to be receiving ongoing medical treatment.

The teenager was remanded to Oberstown detention centre.

In all, ten charges were brought against the accused.  

These include one of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm, driving a defective vehicle, having no insurance or licence, failure to remain at the scene or report an incident, and possession of stolen property.