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Children abandoned in appalling conditions.

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

From the New Zealand Herald:

Hamilton police are looking for the parents of two young children found abandoned in appalling conditions early today. Police were called to a Dinsdale suburb house about 3.30am and arrived to find a two-and-a-half-year-old girl crying outside the front door, shift manager Senior Sergeant Kevin Anderson said.

“Officers entered the home and came across an 11-month-old boy crying in a portable cot. He had superficial facial injuries and in his cot were two RTD cans, some chips, a bottle of milk formula and a straw, and a sealed condom packet.”

Police searched the house looking for a parent or caregiver and at first thought they had found someone in a bed. “On inspection, police found the bed had been padded to look like someone was there but under the quilt were blankets and pillows.”

Mr Anderson said the children were taken into the care of Child Youth and Family. The parents of the children had still not been found after four hours, Mr Anderson said.

Their mother was located at the address at around 9am this morning, having returned around 6am. The woman noticed her children were missing but had incorrectly assumed their grandmother had collected them. She is currently being interviewed by police.