A jury has found a couple
guilty of wilfully neglecting a 10-week-old baby boy.
The couple, who have name suppression, had been on trial this
week in the Napier District Court for neglecting to seek
medical treatment for the young child, who was found to have
a number of fractures when he was taken to hospital in early
The jury returned its verdict this morning following the
During the trial, crown prosecutor Steve Manning said the
crown could not prove how the injuries were caused but the
focus of the case was that no medical treatment was sought
for the baby.
Mr Manning said the injuries were caused before the couple
moved to Hawke's Bay in March 2011.
"The fractures were not accidental. The issues here are
whether the people who had his care and custody at that time,
his parents, one, knew he was suffering from the effects of
these injuries and, two, deliberately neglected to do
anything about those injuries."
He said although the injuries were not accidental, the crown
could not prove the circumstances they were inflicted in.
It was during a visit to a Hastings GP in April 2011 for an
immunisation that the doctor noticed an issue with the baby
The baby was taken to the Hawke's Bay Hospital where X-rays
A fracture to the thigh bone was found, as well as fractures
to the lower legs, pelvis, toe and rib.
The couple was remanded in custody for sentencing in March.
- Hawke's Bay