New details emerge after child services were called to Northern Territory worksite following disturbing discovery inside a cage

Toddler found in 'cage' on worksiteThe father couldn't leave him at daycareHe made a secure playpen for the childREAD MORE: Harrowing twist in the tragic death of a father and child as police release grim new details 

A child was allegedly left in a 'makeshift playpen' at an industrial worksite after their father was unable to send them to daycare because of their allergies.

The father was unable to miss a day of work and was given permission by his boss to bring his child onto the worksite on the Stuart Highway, in the Northern Territory.

He set up a makeshift playpen with mats placed on the ground in the enclosed structure, Sky News reported.

A contractor spotted the playpen last week and reported the issue to Territory Families and NT WorkSafe, describing the structure as a 'cage'.

The 'cage' a toddler was found inside of at a NT worksite has been revealed as a secure playpen their father made after struggling to find a daycare

The 'cage' a toddler was found inside of at a NT worksite has been revealed as a secure playpen their father made after struggling to find a daycare

The child is understood to be between two and three years old.

Daycare centres have since offered to look after the child so the father can continue to work and make ends meet.

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Police attended the industrial site, which cannot be named for legal reasons, on May 14.

A Territory Families spokeswoman said the agency was aware of the matter and is investigating.

'The safety of children is our top priority, and we take seriously any allegation of child harm,' she said.

Under mandatory reporting rules in the Northern Territory, a person must report their concerns if they believe a 'child is being, or has been, harmed or abused'.

'This includes police who can report suspected harm to our department,' the spokeswoman said.

'We work with children, families, communities, police and relevant agencies to assess and respond to any reports of suspected harm to children.'

One witness, who asked to not be named, said the toddler was in the secured area to prevent them 'running around the worksite'.

'Because three-year-olds climb over playpens all the time... it's so they didn't wander around,' they told NT News.

The 'battler' father wasn't able to leave his child at daycare due to their allergies, so created the playpen so he could look after them while at work

The 'battler' father wasn't able to leave his child at daycare due to their allergies, so created the playpen so he could look after them while at work

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