Toddler’s tantrum brings three cops knocking

NZ Herald August 14, 2007
When Karyn Scherer’s 2-year-old threw a bedtime tantrum, the last thing the busy working mother expected was three police officers knocking on her door. But that’s what happened on Saturday night after a neighbour of the senior Herald journalist called 111. The police who responded said they had to check everything as quickly as possible, given the number of children who suffered harm. Police made no apologies yesterday for responding to an emergency call to the Titirangi property from a neighbour who told them: “I can hear a child screaming … and I’ve heard it before.”The call was taken at the Northern Communications Centre and a West Auckland patrol unit was sent. Waitakere Police commander Inspector Mark O’Connor said: “It’s always going to be difficult for police to dismiss such cases without going there. “We do have a lot of physical abuse cases we actually investigate and if we ever got the chance to have intervened earlier there are a lot of kids who may have never suffered serious injury.” Mr O’Connor said the family’s details would not be passed to another agency.

Karyn Scherer: No, I don’t abuse my kids, but thanks for checking 
I have written editorials in favour of the anti-smacking law and I have been asked to appear on TV to present my arguments. I have bored my colleagues with my views on the matter, and I must admit I am now wondering if those who argued that the anti-smacking law would come back to bite good parents on the bum might have been right.