Baby fighting for life after incident at home: abuse suspected

This is not Reasonable Force by way of correction it is child Abuse:

Baby fighting for life after incident at home

By SALLY FRENCH – | Tuesday, 05 August 2008

SHANE WENZLICK/Surburban Newspapers

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY: A police cordon surrounds the house in Papakura.

A baby is fighting for his life in Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital after suffering non-accidental head injuries.

Counties Manukau detective inspector John Tims said the Papakura child was taken to Middlemore Hospital by ambulance about 9.30pm on Saturday before being transferred to Starship Hospital.

Tims said police were advised the injuries are non-accidental and potentially life threatening.

He said the baby’s parents and maternal grandmother have all provided statements to police.

“We want to acknowledge the family are co-operating with us.

“The parents are at their son’s bedside and we are working with them,” Tims said.

The boy lived at his parent’s home with his 18-month-old brother, and maternal grandmother.  The parents are aged 18 and 19.

Tims said Children and Young Persons have been advised of the situation, and are working with Police in regards to the boy’s elder sibling.

A specialist child abuse investigative team are conducting a scene examination at the baby’s Papakura home today, assisted by ESR specialists.

Tims said police are in constant liaison with a paediatrician at Starship Hospital.

“We will provide an update on the baby’s medical condition should there be any changes,” he said..

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Infant fights for life: abuse suspected

A 4-month-old boy is in a critical condition in Starship Hospital after suffering head injuries at his South Auckland home.

The baby was rushed to hospital on Saturday night before undergoing surgery on Sunday for what police believe are “non-accidental” head injuries received at his Papakura home.

The Housing NZ home was yesterday cordoned off while police began investigations into what is suspected to be a case of serious child abuse……………..

Neighbours yesterday knew little about the family who lived at the run-down home.

One woman said parties were always being held there and people came and went at all hours.

Another woman said police had arrived at the house about six months ago.

Moments after they arrived, all the people in the house came out with their hands above their heads.

She believed it was in relation to drug dealing at the house.

Yesterday, an alcohol box and several empty beer bottles lay on the unmowed lawn, alongside other bits of rubbish.

The front window was smashed and shards of glass lay on the ground.

A child’s stroller could be seen behind a net curtain next to the broken window.

Children’s Commissioner Dr Cindy Kiro said she was shocked and saddened to hear another child had been injured.

“It’s terrible. Can you just imagine what these kids go through? Often it’s not the first time. There’s often a whole lot of precipitating things that lead up to the last incident where the child or baby is being abused,” she said.

Dr Kiro is due to present a package of actions to tackle child abuse to a family violence taskforce this week.

New Zealand has the third highest rate of infanticide of all the countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.


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