Calls for child monitoring in New Zealand

2011-08-25 17:06

Wellington - The death of a 3-year-old girl who was put into a tumble dryer and swung on a rotary outdoor clothesline has prompted a New Zealand coroner to call for state spot checks on all children up to the age of 5 to counter abuse.

Wallace Bain, coroner in the North Island city of Rotorua, said violent child abuse was the "most shameful problem" facing the nation, news reports said on Thursday.

He said checks were necessary to avoid a repeat of the "horrific" death of the 3-year-old who died in August 2007 after being abused and ill-treated by members of her extended family looking after her while her mother worked.

Nia Glassie died in hospital after being kicked in the head by two brothers who are serving life sentences for her murder.

Details of how they treated the child were revealed at their trial and repeated at the inquest.

The coroner said, "I have never had to endure such horrendous evidence which led to the death of this little girl in horrific circumstances," Rotorua's Daily Post newspaper reported. "My earnest wish is that no one ever has to experience that again."

Monitor welfare parents

He also called for all solo parents receiving welfare benefits to be monitored to ensure the safety of their children.

Calling child abuse an epidemic, the coroner said, "This may be seen as a drastic step, but the continuous abuse of New Zealand's children calls for nothing less.

"In my view, it is the biggest, most shameful problem facing our nation, and that is the fatal abuse of children, quite often Maori children."

Bain said the child's mother, who is serving a nine-year prison sentence for manslaughter for her neglect of the girl, had previously come to the attention of authorities and, had the family been monitored, Nia could have been saved.

  • frankm - 2011-08-25 17:30

    And then people want to object to gays adopting children. All these kids were from straight parents! makes one think

      Hendrik - 2011-08-25 17:46

      Whats that suppose to mean? all children must be adopted by gay people? And nowhere in the article does it state that it was only straight people. You've got a serious complex about your sexuality, dude/ girl, whatever, does it matter

      zaatheist - 2011-08-26 04:30

      You make a very good point indeed.

  • Wade - 2011-08-26 00:05

    this is totally disgusting...why the hell even have kids if you are going to abuse them and take your frustration out on them..oh yes thats right thats not what lead you to the situation. Having kids for the wrong reason!. Its strange how not even animals abuse their own kids. Ants, rats, cats you name it, dont even abuse, hurt or discard their kids in any way.

  • VooDooGT - 2011-08-26 11:11

    This is a sick family. She didn't get a chance to really live.Imagine the pain and the terror. No child should go through that. The poor girl, may she rest in peace now, in heaven and may the perpetrators rot in hell forever.

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