Inquiry launched into infant with ‘bashed skull’

5:16PM Tuesday February 12, 2008

Rotorua police are investigating the parents of an 11-month-old who is in Starship Hospital with a fractured skull.

The baby boy has been in the Auckland hospital since January 31, The Daily Post reported today.

Police were yet to make any arrests but have said his injuries were believed to be “non-accidental”.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Loper of the Rotorua CIB told the paper it was initially thought the boy’s injuries would have serious consequences but it was now believed he would not suffer any long-term health effects.

He said when the boy was released from hospital, he would be put in the care of a relative.

Mr Loper said police were “working with the family” but would not say if the boy’s parents were co-operating.

It was disappointing for police to be investigating another serious assault on a child only six months after the death of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie, he said.

In July last year the three-year-old was hospitalised, and died on August 3, after being allegedly assaulted over a period of four months.

Reports of the trauma Nia allegedly suffered sparked angry calls throughout the country for action over violence to children.

Two men have been charged with her murder and three others, including her mother, have been charged with manslaughter.


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One response to “Inquiry launched into infant with ‘bashed skull’”

  1. I am sickened to my guts of the reports of Child Abuse in this country. Every year the rate of deaths is inreasing, I wish that someone will find a way to, help prevent child abuse in nz. What kind of message are we sending, to the next generation?

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