19 Jan 2012

Newborn taken into CYF care

6:02 am on 19 January 2012

The mother of a six-month-old baby who died from non-accidental head injuries last year has had her new baby taken into care.

Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington from Waikato died from head injuries in April last year and Child, Youth and Family has confirmed that her mother, Chelsea Scott, has had her new baby taken into its custody.

CYF general manager of operations Marama Edwards says that as soon as the agency knew Ms Scott was pregnant it applied to the court for custody.

Ms Edwards says the baby girl, who was born in early January, is safe and well and living with an approved CYF caregiver who is not a family member.

She says the agency is working with the baby's wider family and her parents are allowed supervised visits.

Marama Edwards says the decision to remove the child was not taken lightly. She says the baby girl's care and safety is its chief priority.