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Maori Child Abuse

May 15, 2016 2 comments

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Maori children are four times more likely to suffer from abuse and neglect than white children in New Zealand, but mentioning this inconvenient statistic in the media will get you branded as a racist.

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Four children left home alone, no food or heating.

May 12, 2014 1 comment

Four children – all under 7 – left home alone on Saturday night were found scared and crying when police went into a Whangarei house.

A 24-year-old Raumanga woman faces four charges of neglecting a child under the age of 18 and will appear in Whangarei District Court today.

Full article here.

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Caregiver convicted of abusing children in his care.

May 8, 2014 2 comments

Taite Hemi Kupa, 57, has been found guilty in the High Court at Whangarei on 21 of 23 charges relating to sexual and physical abuse of vulnerable children in his care.

Kupa had admitted kicking children and pinching their ears to humiliate and discipline them. Others were raped and sodomised, the court heard.

Full article here.

Willful ignorance means mother walks free in manslaughter of baby.

September 25, 2013 1 comment

Cherie Denese Nagle, 48, pled guilty to manslaughter after her 11-day-old baby boy (Reef Rippa Stone) died of extreme dehydration and severe meningitis.

Nagle walked free after Justice Joe Williams ruled that the baby’s death was not due to a lack of care or love but a lack of understanding of the baby’s gradually worsening condition.

My guess is the mother follows some kind of alternative religious or homeopathic lifestyle and shuns modern medicine, given that the baby and her other children were all born at home with no medical assistance.

In New Zealand where medical care is free for children, no baby should ever die due to a lack of medical care. The mother and her willful ignorance are 100% to blame for this needless death.

Full article here.

Imagine the pain on being punched in the stomach so hard that your organs split in two.

October 29, 2012 14 comments

James Joseph Ruhe Lawrence

For an adult, this would probably be similar to a full force kick to the abdomen from the hind leg of a horse. Imagine also being absolutely terrified and completely confused as to why it was happening to you, and utterly powerless to do anything to stop it.

You can try but I bet you can’t come close to the horrors experienced by two-year-old JJ Lawrence in the hours before his death at the fists of Joel Loffley, 29, the boyfriend of JJ’s mother Josephine Lawrence.

Tragic lack of parental supervision leads to boy’s death.

January 18, 2012 2 comments

The article below details the drowning of 4-year-old Michael Te Kapurangi Walker-Mitchell, who had complete freedom to roam the streets of the East Coast settlement of Te Karaka where he lived, as long as he “watched out for dogs, kept off the road and was home by dark”.

Let me just repeat that he was FOUR YEARS OLD! The cause of his death has been attributed to an inadequately fenced water tank. Nowhere in the article is it mentioned that he would probably be alive today if only his parents had an ounce of common sense and kept an eye on him.

IMO the parents should be charged with neglect causing death. But no, in some sections of today’s society the government is expected to be responsible for raising the children produced by parents who are merely the birth vessel and sperm doner, unwilling or unable to perform this vital duty.

Daredevil boy’s tragic drowning.

Michael Walker-Mitchell was allowed to roam the streets of the East Coast settlement of Te Karaka, as long as he watched out for dogs, kept off the road and was home by dark.

Good rules, but “daredevil” Michael was just four and didn’t stick to one of them – to stay out of a property 108m from his home because there was a disused water tank there.

Four days after his fourth birthday he wandered on to the property, into the 1.8m deep tank and drowned. Hastings Coroner Chris Devonport, in a report released today, found Michael died of drowning last June 4.

His family raised the alarm when he failed to return by 5pm, having last been seen at 3.30pm. Others in the village were called, and police were notified at 7pm. Michael’s body was found just after midnight, submerged in the water tank.

His father, Michael Mitchell, told the coroner the preschooler knew not to go into the property. “I told him not to go in there. My aunty stays across the road and she always tells the kids to keep out of there.

“The gate’s always down and horses run in there all the time. As far as I can remember, that tank was uncovered. That’s why everybody was told to stay out of there.”

Michael usually played with his trucks in a drain outside the family home or went to his cousins with his five-year-old sister, Mr Mitchell said. “Everybody knew him in the village, most were related to him,” he said.

“There’s a kind of attitude that you look after each other’s kids. Michael was always told not to take off by himself but he would. “We had rules, like watch out for dogs and never walk on the road and be home before dark.”

Mr Mitchell described his son as “a bit of a daredevil”, always climbing on cars or running around. Mr Devonport said the property the water tank was on had a gate but there was a gap in it which an adult could walk through.

The tank was 1.8m deep, 5.3m long and 2.8m wide and set into the ground but was not classed as a swimming pool and therefore not required to be fenced. However, it was clearly a hazard to small children – “and that fact appears to have been known”, Mr Devonport said.

“However, the tank was not adequately fenced off or covered to eliminate the hazard. The only action taken to reduce the danger to small children appears to have been to instruct them to not enter the property.

“Tragically, in Michael’s case, that was insufficient.”

Abusive mother says “It’s the government’s fault”.

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

A woman found guilty of abusing two of her children has hit back, saying she is “not really a bad mother”. She blames Social Welfare for not helping her enough, and has taken little responsibility for the horrific abuse she inflicted on her 9-year-old daughter, who was found hiding in a cupboard starving, dehydrated, bruised and suffering from broken bones and anemia from internal bleeding and her scalp had been half torn off.

Meanwhile the NZ government has released the Smith report, which details the history of involvement that government agencies have had with both the mother and the child in the article below.

Mum is girl’s worst nightmare.

An Auckland mother found guilty of horrific child abuse went to jail saying she is “not really a bad mother”. The woman, 31, who has name suppression, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison with a non-parole period of five years when she appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday.

The 10-year-old girl is so terrified she has nightmares her mother will get out of jail, find her and continue the beatings. Emotional pleas by the girl and her eight-year-old brother were read to Auckland District Court yesterday as their west Auckland mother was jailed for sustained and horrific abuse against them.

“I still have nightmares about what happened to me. In my dreams my mother and father are out of jail and trying to find me to hurt me some more,” the girl said in a victim impact statement. Her brother, through a statement he insisted was read to court, told judge Brooke Gibson he wanted his parents to stay in jail for a long time.

“I was hurt for a long time so I think they should stay where they are for a long time too. “There is nothing nice about my mum. I can’t think of any good things. I can think of lots of bad things. I don’t know why I was hit so much but I think it was because I wasn’t good enough.”

The case came to light last year when the girl, aged nine at the time, was found hiding in a cupboard in her home. She was starving, dehydrated, bruised and suffering from broken bones and anaemia from internal bleeding and her scalp had been half torn off.

The case appalled the nation and has been dubbed one of the worst abuse cases in which a child had lived. The mother pleaded guilty to 25 charges, including tearing off the girl’s toe nail and pouring boiling water and salt over the bleeding toe.

She wrote abusive comments on the girl’s body, kicked her in the vaginal area, and assaulted her with weapons, including a machete, broom handle and table leg. The mother also abused her son, who was seven at the time.

The mother has spoken out, saying she is not a bad parent and was simply trying to protect her other three children. “I’m a bad mum for what I done to the child but I’m not really a bad mother at all.”

She told counsellors she was reaching breaking point over her daughter’s deteriorating behaviour, she said. She hit her daughter on the bottom with a broomstick multiple times because she “couldn’t handle it anymore”, she told Radio Live.

“They said that I tortured her, I didn’t torture her. Yes I did assault her, I slapped her around, I punched her.” Defence lawyer Lorraine Smith said the mother’s actions were those of a woman let down by the system and multiple agencies, a statement that angered cabinet minister Paula Bennett.

“My submission is that both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Social Development failed both [the child] and her mother.” The mother wrote to Prime Minister John Key asking for help. He passed the letter on to Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, who replied offering six additional counselling sessions for the girl.

“In hindsight I wish I was writing back and saying the police are knocking on your door we’re removing your children from you right now,” Ms Bennett said. But blame for the horrific abuse lay squarely with the parents, she said.

“That child was so deeply failed by those very parents that were supposed to protect her, so it’s fine to sit back now and try and blame someone else or the Government while in the meantime you are dehydrating, starving and beating your child.

“I’m afraid, no I don’t stand and take responsibility for that, she should stand up and take it herself.” The girl has been in Child Youth and Family (CYF) care since she was four months old. She was returned to her mother after being allegedly sexually abused by a family member whose care she was in.

More than 25 agencies had dealt with the family, including 13 in the six months leading up to the mother’s arrest. A ministerial inquiry into the case was released yesterday and made 13 recommendations, including new CYF liaison workers for schools, mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect, urgent research on ‘family-first’ care and a new child protection court.

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