Remove the child and lock ’em all up!

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Yet another innocent New Zealand baby has suffered horrific abuse at the hands of family members: family members who are now refusing to co-operate with police. Last time this happened the abused child had been killed and even then the family members protected the perpetrators.

This kind of behaviour should not be tolerated. If the family members refuse to assist the police then the family members should be locked up until they talk. The baby and all other children should be removed from the so-called caregivers until the abusers have been identified.

Come to think of it, if the family members are putting the adult abuser/s before the welfare of the baby then they are all clearly unfit to be caregivers and all children should be removed from the family permanently. This is the strong message that must be sent to the public. Abuse, or protect abusers, and you will be locked up. No ifs, no buts, no maybes.

It’s thought somebody must know what’s gone on after a four-month-old baby was admitted to hospital with 16 fractures to her skull, ribs, arms and legs.

Police have revealed that the child was injured over a period of time, not the result of one incident, and are appealing for anyone with information to speak up.

The Howick infant was admitted to Middlemore Hospital on February 18 with injuries police believe are consistent with physical abuse.

“The fractures have been described by medical experts as being of varying ages and classically associated with non-accidental injury,” Detective Senior Sergeant Eddie Sutherland told the Herald.

“Thankfully, the child is going to make a full recovery, however police are extremely concerned by these injuries.”

Police are investigating the case, but say that family members have closed ranks and are not talking.

Family lawyer Sharon Chandra told Kate Hawkesby the baby girl has very serious injuries that occurred over a long period of time.

“There have to be neighbours, friends, family, anybody who’s involved in this child’s life who knows what’s going on.”

Chandra says it’s quite an issue that nobody seems to know what’s gone on or is speaking up about what’s happened.

Dame Lesley Max […] says it is very sad that the family has closed ranks.[…]

The law needs to be changed so that the police can lock up family members for refusing to cooperate. We need to take the safety and protection of the most vulnerable members of our society seriously. At the moment families are able to literally get away with murder simply by refusing to cooperate with the police.


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