My opponents have successfully created a number of public perceptions about me. ¬† One of them is that I laugh at dead babies. ¬† Apart from showing what lengths my opponents will go through to undermine my reputation, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
This story, from Marty Sharpe, has got me seething with anger.
A computer¬†gaming addict has admitted causing grievous injuries to his baby son while downloading and playing a game.
When the 5-week-old boy was taken to hospital, it was found he had 13 fractures to his ribs, and fractures to his skull, pelvis, both arms and legs, and a lacerated spleen.
Devon Bird, 21, was woken by his partner in their Waipukurau home at 6.30am on November 1 last year. She had been up with their newborn son for much of the night, and asked Bird to care for him while she slept. The baby was asleep in a bassinet.
Phone records showed that Bird – who, according to a summary of facts, describes himself as a “game freak” – downloaded a game called The Walking Dead shortly before 7am. Text messages he sent showed he texted a friend about his performance in the game about 7.30am.
At 10am he rang his mother-in-law and asked her to care for the baby while he went to class. The woman immediately noticed bruising beneath both the baby’s eyes and on the bridge of his nose, and pink spots on his cheeks.
Fearing he might have meningitis, she rang Healthline, which advised her to take him to a doctor.
The doctor suspected meningitis or septicaemia, and an ambulance took the baby to Hawke’s Bay Hospital. He was later flown to the intensive care unit at Starship hospital.
So far so good. ¬†Then things started to cave in. ¬†And the lies kept on coming. ¬† Read more »