The 3-week-old baby left fighting for its life after a
violent incident at her Invercargill home on Monday was so
badly injured that a policeman had to drive the ambulance to
Two paramedics were tending to critically injured infant
Noklair Milton in the back of the ambulance while the officer
took over the driving, a spokeswoman for St John confirmed
The girl remains in a critical condition in Auckland's
Starship Hospital's paediatric intensive care unit today, a
hospital spokesman said.
Her parents, David and Sucharitta, who police say were at
home at the time of the 5.30am incident, are being spoken to,
says Inspector Olaf Jensen.
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the
Several neighbours reported hearing noises from the property
early Monday morning.
Emergency services were called to the Princes St home at
Mr Milton travelled in the ambulance with the child to
Southland Hospital, while his wife was given a ride there by
"St John was pleased to work with our colleagues in the New
Zealand Police in the response to this incident,." said
Pauline Buchanan, district operations manager for Southland
"The ambulance crew who attended and treated the patient were
absolutely focused patient care, and were very thankful to
the police officer who assisted them in transporting the
patient to hospital."
St John said it doesn't have any data on how often such
incidents occur, but said it happens "occasionally" when a
patient requires significant care from the ambulance crew.
"In such instances, then police or Fire Service personnel are
used to drive the ambulance to hospital or medical facility,"
Ms Buchanan said.
"St John considers such instances to be good examples of team
work amongst the emergency services."
Mr and Mrs Milton were not detained by police, and Mr Jensen
has said he could not "comment on their intentions" in
response to whether they had travelled to Auckland to be by
the child's side.
Reacting to unsubstantiated claims in some media that the
child "had her throat slashed", Mr Jensen said: "This is an
active criminal investigation and consequently police aren't
able to comment on the nature of the injuries the baby
received or how the injuries were caused."
Police say they won't be releasing any further information
today, saying only that inquiries are ongoing.
A scene examination, with assistance from Environmental
Science and Research (ESR), is ongoing.
The Milton family is being supported by Victim Support and
Neighbours said the couple had lived in the large wooden
villa for about four years.
Noklair is the couple's only child.
One neighbour has told of hearing noises around 2.30am on
Monday, and at 4.30am was woken by what sounded like a "dog
dragging a chain".