A man accused of assaulting an 8-month-old baby has been
remanded in custody to reappear tomorrow.
The 33-year-old Hamilton forestry worker, who was granted
interim name suppression, appeared at the Hamilton District
Court today accompanied by family members who sat in the
Police charged the man with assaulting a child, understood to
be his son, following an incident at a York St house
As community magistrate Sue Hovell remanded the man to
reappear for a bail hearing tomorrow, family members could be
heard yelling "chin up …" and "love you".
The baby was rushed to Waikato Hospital yesterday but was
later airlifted to Starship Children's Hospital with critical
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.
Waikato field crime manager, Acting Detective Inspector Mark
Greene said the 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 NZ Herald