Child-torture case horrifies minister, sparks fury over bail

NZ Herald Dec 21, 2010
Family advocates are angry that a couple charged with the abuse and torture of their 9-year-old daughter have been released on bail. And they are asking why the abuse was not detected sooner. The couple, who have interim name suppression, will appear in Waitakere District Court tomorrow facing more than 35 charges between them. Social Development Minster Paula Bennett has demanded a report on the case from Child, Youth and Family. The agency removed the girl from her parents not long after she was born, and she was returned to them only two years ago. “When that report is received, I will make a decision about whether an independent inquiry is necessary,” Ms Bennett said last night. The minister has written an article on the case in today’s Herald. …Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie could not believe the parents were not kept in custody when facing such serious charges. “This is a case so horrendous we are fortunate we are not dealing with another Nia Glassie. People are shocked and revolted by this case.” 
Bob McCoskrie on Newstalk ZB