A woman ran to her neighbour's house to find a critically ill
baby going purple and his eyes rolling in his head yesterday.
The baby was then rushed to Waikato Hospital but had to be
airlifted to the Starship children's hospital with head
injuries following what police say was a domestic-related
The Waikato field crime manager, Acting Detective Inspector
Mark Greene, said police had arrested a 32-year-old man.
He will appear in the Hamilton District Court today to face a
charge of assault on a child.
The baby boy, understood to be about 9 months old, was taken
to hospital by ambulance at 11.35am after the incident at a
York St home in Hamilton East.
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the parents
called her over to take a look at the baby as an ambulance
was being called.
The woman arrived to find the baby's eyes rolling in his head
"and he started going a bit purple".
The woman said the baby's temperature was normal and she
couldn't see any signs of injury, bruising or bleeding.
"But he couldn't breathe properly from what I could see, he
was gasping for air and his father was on the phone to the
The neighbour, who said the baby was a premature twin and had
been sickly most of his life, said she heard the St John
operator saying the baby might have had measles.
A St John spokesman later confirmed that the baby had head
injuries and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Mr Greene said the York St address where the baby was found
was under guard and would be the subject of a scene
examination by forensic experts today.
- James Ihaka of The New Zealand Herald