17 Jul 2012

Children living with assault grandparents moved

8:53 pm on 17 July 2012

Child, Youth and Family says the children who have been living with a couple serving home detention for assaulting their granddaughter have moved out.

Kristin Kihi-Leatherby, 44, and Poani Tuisi, 60, were sentenced to five months' home detention on Monday after repeatedly assaulting their granddaughter while she was in their care in 2010 and 2011.

It's been revealed the agency found out in May that three other children were living in the Hawera house where the couple will now serve their home detention sentence.

CYF told the children's mother to move out in the interest of her children, but she failed to do so.

It says a social worker checked on the children about every couple of weeks.

The agency says social workers visited the family on Tuesday to reinforce the seriousness of the situation.

CYF spokesperson Marama Edwards told Checkpoint alternative accommodation was found for the children and their mother with another family member on Tuesday afternoon, after a family conference.

CYF says the girl whom the couple assaulted is living with another family member and a CYF caregiver.