A 20-year-old Waipukurau man has been arrested in connection
with an alleged serious assault on a 5-week-old baby.
The boy was admitted to Hawke's Bay Hospital on November 1,
but was transferred the same day to Starship Hospital in
Detective Senior Sergeant David Greig said the boy suffered a
serious head injury and other multiple injuries including
An investigation had been done, including a forensic scene
examination, of the house where the boy had been living.
The man was arrested today and appeared in Hastings District
Court this afternoon charged with wounding with intent to
cause grievous bodily harm and neglect of the infant.
He was remanded on bail to appear again in the Waipukurau
District Court on April 14.
Mr Greig described the baby's injuries as being amongst the
most serious his team had investigated.
"An arrest is very pleasing given the tragic circumstances of
the case," he said.
"Investigations of this nature are always extremely
challenging for police and our partner agencies such as Child
Youth and Family. However the public can be reassured that in
such circumstances we will do our utmost to ensure that there
is accountability and protection for our most vulnerable
members of society."
The baby has been in the care of Child Youth and Family since
his discharge from hospital in mid-December and is receiving
ongoing medical treatment for his injuries.