9 Sep 2015

Lawyers close in burned toddler case

6:43 pm on 9 September 2015

The Crown and the defence have both given their closing addresses at the trial of a woman accused of deliberately burning her two-year-old son's hands.

The mother, whose name is suppressed for legal reasons, is before the Wellington District Court accused of wounding the child with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm, wilfully neglecting him and failing to seek medical attention.

Crown Prosecutor Andru Isac told the jury today if the child had spilt the contents of a bowl of boiling water, as the woman suggested, he would also have had burns elsewhere on his body.

However, defence lawyer Brett Crowley said the boy might have seen a familiar item and reached for it.

He said regardless of how he did that, he could have been left with the same marks on his body.

Trial Judge Chris Tuohy will sum up the case in the morning.