Law could force adults to talk in abuse cases

NZ Herald Nov 21, 2009

Momentum is building for a law change to prevent families from stonewalling police when a child has been assaulted or killed. Public outrage over cases such as the unsolved death of 3-month-old twins Chris and Cru Kahui has thrust the issue into the spotlight, and the Government will soon have a report from the Law Commission suggesting what should be done. Meanwhile, a senior Christchurch policeman who has overseen child murder cases has put forward his own proposal. This would see New Zealand follow in the footsteps of Britain, where parents and caregivers who withhold crucial information can be jailed.