A man charged with fracturing the skull of a 10-month-old in
his care and breaking another seven of the boy's bones has
blamed his children for the injuries.
The baby suffered fractures to his skull, both legs, an arm,
wrist and three ribs.
Eugene Paul Harris, 31, is alleged to have caused the
injuries. He is charged with causing the baby grievous bodily
harm, the maximum sentence for which is 14 years'
The baby was in the care of Harris and his partner in early
February this year, when the abuse is alleged to have
According to the police summary of facts, the 10-month-old
was "happy and content and was rolling around using both
hands" at his childcare centre on February 5. However, when
he was returned to the centre on February 7 - after it was
closed for Waitangi Day - the childcare staff noticed he was
On Waitangi Day, Harris had drunk pre-mixed bourbon and cola
in his garage area from about 2pm, the police summary states.
"A childcare assistant believed [the baby] was in some sort
of pain due to the fact that he would not stop crying. It was
noticed [his] left arm was floppy and fell to his side."
Childcare staff took the infant to an accident and emergency
centre in Takanini, where his arm was x-rayed and found to be
broken. He was sent to the Kidz First children's hospital at
Another x-ray found his shin bone was broken. A full skeletal
x-ray uncovered the extent of the rest of his injuries.
A specialist paediatrician believed the injuries had been
inflicted intentionally, the police summary said.
Harris denied the charge to police and blamed his children
for being rough.
A police spokeswoman said the baby was expected to make a
Harris appeared in Manukau District Court yesterday and was
refused bail. He is scheduled to reappear next month.