A Rotorua man who caused bleeding to the brain of a
9-month-old baby has been jailed for three years.
Piripi Te Rame Sisley, 22, was sentenced in the High Court at
Rotorua today having previously pleaded guilty to wounding
the infant with reckless disregard and assaulting him by
twisting his ears.
According to the police summary of facts, the victim only
identified as 'Baby A' was staying with Sisley and his
partner over the Christmas period in 2012. At some point
Sisley used both hands to twist the baby's ears, causing
Neighbours had commented on a baby's loud and persistent
crying and had reported a male making loud noises and
laughter as if mocking the baby.
At some stage on December 28 Sisley was alone in the bedroom
with the baby and carried out a violent assault on the child
that caused subdural bleeding and retinal haemorrhages.
"Such injuries can only be caused by the application of
significant force, such as a violent shaking and or striking
the infant's head against a hard surface," the police summary
of facts stated.
Later that day, Sisley took Baby A to his partner and told
her he was not breathing and having seizures. Medical
assistance was sought and the baby was flown to Auckland's
Starship Hospital. He was later discharged into the care of
Child, Youth and Family.
Victim impact statements were submitted to the court by the
child's carer and pediatrician who was helping with the boy's
"The victim is nearly two and settled in his new environment
however he is also recovering to some extent from his
physical injuries," Justice Graham Lang said.
"There is signs of weakness down the left side of his body
and it's unknown whether this is likely to be permanent."
It was also unknown how severe and permanent the baby's brain
"Your offending will have at least some impact [on the baby]
for the [remainder] of his life," Justice Lang told Sisley.
- Rotorua Daily Post