A mother accused of immersing her 2-year-old son's hands in
boiling water then failing to seek medical treatment for at
least eight months will defend the charge.
The woman was granted interim name suppression when she
appeared in Porirua District Court today.
Her lawyer, Greg Gimblett argued for continuing suppression
until her first callover, to ensure her and her family's
The woman stood quietly in the dock during this morning's
She faces two charges of cruelty and ill-treatment of a
child, and one of wounding with reckless disregard causing
grievous bodily harm.
Police believe the toddler's injuries were inflicted around
November or December last year "by way of full immersion of
his hands into boiling water".
Despite the boy's horrific injuries, no proper medical
attention was provided until child protection agencies became
involved by chance in August this year, it is alleged.
It was understood the toddler suffered severe burns and
deformities, which even senior police and medical experts
have found disturbing.
The burns extended to the boy's mid-wrists and he will need
extensive skin-graft surgery for the wounds.
Wellington district child protection team manager Detective
Senior Sergeant Neil Holden said he had seen photos of the
injuries, which would have been "extremely painful".
The abuse was alleged to have occurred at the family's
Porirua East home. The mother denies inflicting the injuries
and told police the boy's wounds were accidental. Both the
boy and his sibling have been removed from the mother's
custody and placed into Child, Youth and Family care.
She was arrested on September 6 but is free on bail and will
reappear later this month.