Mother imprisoned after inflicting horrific injuries on her two-month-old baby

8:01 pm on 4 June 2021

A 34-year-old Auckland woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison on child abuse charges, in what a detective describes as the worst injuries she has ever seen inflicted on a child.

Christchurch men's prison fence and security

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The woman was charged after her two-month-old baby girl was admitted to Starship Hospital in Auckland, with critical injuries in November 2018.

Detective Inspector Bridget Doell said the injuries on the defenceless baby were horrific.

"This poor, defenceless baby had broken bones all over her body including a skull fracture, several rib fractures and broken legs.

"Her injuries were among the worst I have seen inflicted on a young child.

"What makes this even more appalling is the fact that the child's injuries were inflicted by her own mother, the person whose duty it is to care for and protect them."

Doell said the girl was now two years old and was still recovering from her injuries.