Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Why the media indifference to latest child murder?

3 August 2006

Why the media indifference to latest child murder?

New Zealanders have been accused of indifference and apathy after the murder of yet another one of our children.

The three-year-old was admitted to hospital on January 31st with life-threatening injuries and died the following day.

Two days ago, the boy’s mother and her partner were committed for trial on a joint murder charge. All three have name suppression.

Executive Director of For the Sake of Our Children Trust, Christine Rankin, says she is astonished there has not been a huge outcry over the toddler’s death.

“Rightly so, the murder of the Kahui twins, Chris and Cru, dominated headlines,” says Ms Rankin. “But I wonder why there has not been greater outrage over this most horrific crime.

“Any case of abuse is appalling but this truly is one of the most dreadful I have come across.”

The police summary reveals that terrified little boy was so scared of his mother’s beatings he would attempt to hide the evidence when he soiled himself. He would try and wash his faeces down the sink or throw them out the window.

The day before he was admitted to hospital, police say his mother beat him with the metal handle of a broken oar, after discovering he had soiled his pants again.

Such was the severity of the attack, the boy’s left elbow was dislocated, and his entire body, including his genitals, were swollen and bruised.

When he wet his bed the next morning, police say his mother beat him again. When she was out, her partner beat the toddler with a baseball bat. Police say there were at least 50 to 60 blows to the child’s body.

When the mother came home, the child was unconscious but the mother did not want to call an ambulance because she didn’t want anyone to discover what had happened.

“I hope to goodness we are not becoming desensitized to what is going on in our community,” says Ms Rankin. “Just because our child abuse statistics are among the worst in the OECD, there is no reason to accept what is going on. This child’s murder – any child’s murder is shocking.”

Ms Rankin has also challenged the court’s decision to grant name suppression.

“If these people are indeed found guilty of such a terrible crime, this suppression must be overturned,” she says. “This is a crime which should not be kept secret.”

The little three-year-old is the latest in a long line of ghastly cases.

Every day 30 children are abused and neglected in New Zealand. Seven are admitted to hospital daily because of the injuries inflicted on them by assaults. And 10 children a year are murdered by their so-called caregivers.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages