Police have charged a Hamilton man with assault on a child
after an 8-month-old baby suffered major head injuries this
morning and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Waikato Acting Detective Inspector Mark Greene said the
32-year-old man, who lived at the York St address with the
baby, had been arrested and will appear in the Hamilton
District Court tomorrow.
He confirmed it was a domestic violence incident.
"At this stage the baby remains in a critical condition and
is likely to be transferred to Auckland's Starship Hospital
later today for more specialist care," Mr Greene said.
The home remains under guard and will be the subject of a
scene examination by forensic experts tomorrow.
"Currently it is not a case where police are seeking specific
answers as to what happened, more it is a case of identifying
the questions we seek answers to, and until such time as we
have identified these, it would be inappropriate to speculate
"The only thing further we can confirm is that this incident
was one of a domestic nature, and domestic violence is no
respecter of class or station, it affects persons from all
walks of life.
"Our message is -- there is plenty of help available, you
just need to take the first step and ask for help."
- by Derek Cheng