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Alleged NSW girl snatcher kept behind bars

A young girl who was allegedly grabbed off a Sydney street by an autistic man who took her into an abandoned house and removed her clothes is now terrified, court documents reveal.

Christopher Irwin, 34, was charged on Friday with taking a child with intent to remove parental control and remaining in a building with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Detectives say he grabbed the seven-year-old by her hand and led her into a vacant property in Macquarie Fields after 4pm.

Police allege a witness informed a relative of the girl who then found the child in Irwin's company partially undressed.

Investigators say Irwin, who worked mowing lawns, was detained by others until he was arrested.

He has no history or violence but was refused bail at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday due to the serious nature of the charges.

The young girl Irwin allegedly snatched is now "very scared for her safety," police documents tendered to the court state.

The papers also reveal Irwin has an intellectual disability and has autism.

A bespectacled Irwin appeared via video link in Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday with gelled-back blond hair.

He made no further application for release, uttering only "Yep" when he was briefly spoken to, and bail was formally refused by magistrate Ian Guy.

The case was adjourned to the same court on August 7.

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