Two charged after baby badly beaten in Howick

Two people have been charged in relation to a case in which a baby was beaten.

The case involves a 4-month-old girl who was badly beaten and suffered significant injuries.

The Howick infant had 16 fractures to her skull, arms and legs in what was believed to be a domestic violence incident.

Last week a 28-year-old man was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and appeared in the Manukau District Court on Wednesday.

A 30-year-old woman was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and appeared in court on Thursday.

The infant was first admitted to Middlemore Hospital on February 18, after her family took her to the doctors and the child was referred on to the hospital.

Medical staff alerted police to the girl’s injuries, describing them as being of varying stages and classically associated with non-accidental injury, suggesting she had been deliberately harmed on a number of occasions.

The infant was immediately taken into the care of Oranga Tamariki and police launched an investigation.

While the child is expected to make a full recovery, Detective Senior Sergeant Eddie Sutherland said last week that police were “extremely concerned” by the injuries and looking for anyone with information.

The NZ Herald reported that the family of the girl “closed ranks” when they were questioned by police and refused to give information.

The pair have since been remanded on bail and are next due to appear in the Manukau District Court later this month.