1. Coroner takes aim at parents, CYF over baby’s death
NZ Herald 29 Feb 2012
(Coroner Peter) Ryan also considered CYF’s role in the girl’s death, saying the agency had no involvement with her before her hospital admission despite staff taking Ms Percy’s first child from her…. The inquest revealed that CYF was not aware Sage existed until September 18, 2009 – nine days before her death – when Plunket told the agency Ms Percy had given birth to a third child but that staff had not seen that baby for nine months.
Coroner says child agencies must talk
NZ Herald 23 Feb 2012
The inquest had heard how CYF became aware of Hail-Sage only after a doctor raised concerns about her health shortly before she died. This was despite her mother being a domestic purposes beneficiary and two of her children already being in CYF care because of safety fears.
2. CYF unaware smothered baby even born
NZ Herald 1 June 2012
A Rotorua mother jailed this week for suffocating her baby while drunkenly sleeping was thought to have been “coping” by Child, Youth and Family before the tragedy. The agency was unaware Ngaire Kura Tukiwaho had given birth to Tahi Elvis Edwards, who died at just 2 months old as she slept on him in the back of a parked car after a day of drinking in January last year… Three years earlier, Tukiwaho, 30, lost a 1-month-old son, Hoani Benino, to cot death and was advised of safe sleeping practices… CYF had been involved with Tukiwaho in 2008 after concerns about her two eldest children. At that time, CYF was also advised of Hoani’s death…. In 2007, CYF had previously taken into its custody two children which the boy’s father had with another woman. After Tahi’s death, two of his siblings were taken into the care of members of Tukiwaho’s family, as was a third child she gave birth to later that year.
3. Mother on charge of baby murder
NZ Herald 9 Dec 2010
A woman yesterday charged with murdering her newborn baby pleaded guilty to disposing of the body of another newborn child earlier this year.