Coroner says monitor solo mothers

Some common sense coming through.

Rotorua Coroner Wallace Bain is calling for compulsory spot checks of all children from birth to the age of 5 to ensure they are safe and to avoid a repeat of the “horrific” death of toddler Nia Glassie.

The Rotorua 3-year-old died on August 3, 2007.

The coroner determined the toddler died from cerebral infarction against a background of “extreme violence”.

Dr Bain is also calling for all solo parents on a benefit to be monitored and overseen to ensure the safety of children in their care.

“We must urgently return to the “good-old-days” where every child was seen regularly by the Plunket Nurse,” he said.

Dr Bain has released his findings into Nia’s death. She died after being abused and ill-treated by members of her extended family who were looking after her while her mother worked.

About time someone stood up and challenged governments to start to do something about the appalling slaughter of the young at the hands of their “care-givers”.

Paula Bennett and National have already started the process with their changes to benefits, they should take these recommendations on board pronto.

Now queue the wailing of the left wing labeling this is as more beneficiary bashing.


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