Queensland Police said they were interviewing three boys, aged between 10 and 13, all of who were being dealt with under the provisions of the Australian Youth Justice Act. Investigating officers said the attack took place on a beach at Napranum, a remote Indigenous community on the west coast of the Cape York peninsula about 10 hours north of Cairns.
The Australian newspaper reported the three alleged offenders had been removed from the remote community because of threats of retribution.
A source said: “There are big arguments about how this happened.
“It is creating big problems in the town. At least one was taken out of the community. It is not the first time something like this has happened.’’
The five-year-old was flown from Napranum to Cairns for medical treatment.
None of the boys being questioned have been formally charged.