Sudden surge in child abuse cases

Sunday Star Times 29 March 2009

Record numbers violently abused South Auckland babies have been hospitalised with severe injuries in recent weeks, shocking police and child welfare agencies and leading to speculation that the economic recession is contributing.

Detective Inspector Mark Gutry, of Counties-Manukau police, told the Sunday Star-Times that investigations had been launched into the cases of seven babies who were admitted to Auckland’s Starship hospital in the past six weeks with suspected non-accidental injuries. The number was far above the region’s average of one abused baby admitted every six weeks with severe non-accidental injuries and Gutry believed it was a record high.