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Justice for Serenity a little closer.

Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington

Police have arrested Matthew Ellery and charged him with the murder of 6-month-old Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington. Ellery was the boyfriend of Serenity’s mother Chelsea Scott at the time of Serenity’s death in April last year. Serenity’s injuries included severe brain injuries, a broken rib cage and genital injuries.

Mum’s boyfriend charged with Serenity’s murder.

The boyfriend of a Waikato mother whose 6-month-old daughter died of non-accidental injuries last April will appear in court today charged with the infant’s murder. Waikato detectives yesterday arrested Matthew Ellery and charged him with murdering Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington at her Ngaruawahia home.

Chelsea Scott and Matthew Ellery

Last night, Serenity’s mother, Chelsea Scott, responded to news of the arrest by changing her relationship status on Facebook from ‘in a relationship’ to ‘single’.

Good to see she’s got her priorities sorted out. 1. Get myself back on the singles market. 2. Justice for my dead child.

She also posted a message saying her “beautiful baby gurl” could rest in peace now.”Rest in peace my angel. Mummy loves u always!”

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene said the accused man would appear in the Hamilton District Court. Inquiries into Serenity’s death took months as detectives pored over evidence and called in overseas forensic pathologists to assist after “areas requiring further investigation” were identified.

“To get to the point where we have sufficient evidence to bring this matter before the courts highlights the hard work and long hours put in by an investigation team who always remained focused on doing what is right for a little girl, whose life ended so tragically,” said Mr Greene.

The arrest was testament to the Ngaruawahia community, who would not tolerate violence to children and had rallied behind police, he said. “It also vindicates the very strong relationship Waikato police have with Child, Youth and Family, whose assistance in this case, from start to finish, has been invaluable.”

Serenity, who had just learned to crawl, was found lying in her room with eyes half-opened at the Havelock Rd home she shared with her mother, uncle Drew Scott and Ellery. She had severe brain injuries, a broken rib cage and genital injuries.

Two days later, on April 28, family members surrounded her at the Starship in Auckland as her life support was switched off. Last night, Ellery’s Whatawhata grandfather – who helped to raise him and told the Herald last year that his grandson was innocent – said he was in shock and could not believe what had happened.

“I probably will go along to court but we don’t know what’s happening ourselves at the moment. We are very shocked,” said Mr Ellery, who has cancer.

Cherie Kurarangi-Sweeney, a former neighbour of Ms Scott, said she was pleased to hear of the arrest. Ms Sweeney, who started Nark (Nation of Advocates for the Rights of Kids) as a result of Serenity’s death, was at her Ngaruawahia home on the day the infant was found injured.

She could hear Ms Scott arguing with her brother Drew, and lots of screaming. “We would like to congratulate Waikato police for securing the evidence to make the arrest. It’s fair to say that we have been waiting for this day for a very long time.”

On January 6, Ms Scott gave birth to a child fathered by Ellery. Child, Youth and Family took the baby less than 48 hours later. Ms Scott’s 6-year-old son, Travis, has been in CYF care since the incident last year.

Hmmm, 21 with three children, oldest being 6! “NO” is obviously not a word she is familiar with.

Ellery appeared with Ms Scott on Campbell Live last year to protest his innocence and to rebut claims that he had anger issues. He said in the interview that he had tried to do CPR on Serenity. “It was too hard and it wasn’t working. Chelsea was a mess and I was shaking.”

Might that have had something to do with you knowing you had just most likely committed murder, or was it the meth?

Ms Scott was asked if she believed that Ellery was not responsible for Serenity’s death. She said: “Yes, I believe him. People haven’t seen the way Matthew is with kids.”

Ms Scott said she knew who the baby’s killer was and pointed the finger elsewhere. On Facebook earlier, she had said the killer was walking around “as if nothing had happened” and she wanted to see justice done. “I know for a fact who killed her.”

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  1. Alfred Rosenberg
    January 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    You didnt even bother to change the phrasing of your stereotype to ‘P’, you just left the standard American wording ‘Meth’. Oh well at least you didnt mention anything about trailers and bad dental hygeine.

  2. Jude Humphrey
    January 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    sorry but i feel so angry that this child was ever subjected to this abuse, omg what this innocent little girl must have suffered is beyond comphrehension. I feel that at the end of the day where was her mummy? when all of this happened. I know that i know what is going on with my children every minute of the day. You dont live in the same house as this wee girl and not see things happening…..

  3. Someone who knows
    January 31, 2012 at 8:37 am

    the mother changed her relationship status is because she didnt want to stay in a relationship with the murderer of her daughter. by the way that was not the first thing she did so get your facts right!!! first thing she did was try to find out how to get her kids. shes morning betrayed by tha one she loved lost her baby girl shes definatly not thinking about socializing with other men if anything thanx to one loser she will never trust another man again

  4. Someone who knows
    January 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Jude just to let you know she had but her baby to bed and was making her other child a feed explain how she can be in two places at once!!!!!!!!!!
    Any normal mother being one myself knows it impossible to watch your children every minuite of the day!!! cut her a bit of slack shes the one whos lost everything and needs support!

  5. Someone who knows
    January 31, 2012 at 8:47 am

    her sons not 6 why has everyone got it wrong????

    • January 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      isnt Travis only 4 turning 5 media got it wrong in their report me thinks

  6. January 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Hi there as the neighbour and the Founder of NARK that was started from this case I am fully aware of the Judgements of others and know that there is more to this case than meets the eye. Does anyone know how socio-path’s work. He was telling everyone for the last 9 months it wasn’t him, he was not the murderer he lived amongst Serenity’s countless photos everywhere and felt not 1 ounce of guilt. Socio-paths also feel no remorse until they are confronted. wtf I cant divulge much more but wait til I get my day in court and substantiate my statement made to Police. Best that fool pleads guilty now. Cherie Sweeney https://www.facebook.com/NARK.NZ narknz@gmail.com

    • January 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks for your comments Cherie. I have seen you on the news a lot and really admire you for what you are doing. Keep up the good work, you have a lot of supporters.

  7. serenity's uncle
    April 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    all i want is for matthew ellery to be put in the darkest pit of hell and would like to know why my family chose to believe him over me because of him i lost my family

  8. Jluckz
    May 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    how can do something like this ok this preson who killed a beauitful young girl like
    should go to jaill

  9. Kirstie
    June 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Hi i went to primary school with matthew ellery and i knew from the first day he went to school he was gunna turn out a bad cookie. I remember being only about 8 years old when matthew who himself would of been about 10 or 11, flipped the school principal mr Thackary over his shoulder and down the school hall stairs. What sort of sain child would do that? I feel sooo sorry for this young girl for having to deal with this disgusting behaviour and dying because of it. ROT IN HELL MATTHEW ELLERY! we all saw what you were like from a young age!

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