Front page yesterday, fush and chups wrapper today

Yesterday’s NZ Herald carried a big woe is me tragedy schlock piece about a mother who drowned her baby by leaving it in the bath being baby sat by its twin sister. Now you might think I am being overly harsh but this morning, ironically a much smaller frontpage area, we find out what we really should have found out yesterday.

The mother of a baby girl who died after being found face down in a bath was regularly visited by Child Youth and Family which gave her advice on how to provide a “safe and loving home” for her twin daughters.

The Herald has learnt Child Youth and Family had been in contact with 21-year-old mother Amber Lawson and had visited her and her 11-month-old twin daughters, Aimee and Ella Pool, at their West Auckland home several times.

Aimee died on Sunday afternoon, five days after being found face down in the bath.

Right, now that is embarrassing for the Herald. Just one day after Janet Wilson predicted this exact behaviour from Granny. The mad dash to dramatist a baby’s death missed the vital piece that made this case so not frontpage material.

Yesterday she was the feature, now the Herald is reduced to trolling Bebo for information and then like good little repeaters they repeat it.

The Herald has been unable to contact Miss Lawson, but a picture on her page of the social networking site Bebo page shows two baby girls, wrapped in blankets, lying on a couch side by side.

I fear Janet was right.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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