Special investigation: New Zealand’™s shameful record of child abuse

first_imgStuff co.nz 21 November 2015New Zealand remains one of the most dangerous countries in the developed world in which to grow up, despite efforts from successive governments.Thirteen Kiwi kids have died in suspicious circumstances so far this year – one of the worst years on record and much higher than the annual average of nine.Every second day, a child is admitted to hospital suffering from inflicted injuries, including burns, broken bones and head wounds – with Starship children’s hospital in Auckland seeing more cases of serious abuse than ever before.Police are being swamped with child abuse complaints and have boosted the number of detectives working on the sensitive cases in recent months.A  Stuff data investigation has found at least 204 children, aged 0-14, have died as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment in New Zealand since 1992.Most commonly, they died at the hands of men. Almost three quarters of the killers were family members.The killers were almost equally likely to be mothers or fathers, accounting for 31 per cent and 29 per cent of cases respectively, where the victim’s relationship with the killer was known.De facto fathers were the next largest group of perpetrators, accounting for 17 per cent of cases.The most common cause of death for a child was a head injury, followed by asphyxia, which includes suffocation, strangulation and carbon monoxide poisoning.Children were at greatest risk of death from assault when they were under five years old, with the highest risk in the first year of life.Stuff’s investigation found the average age of a child killed in the last two decades was about three years old.Nearly half of child homicide victims were Maori, while Maori made up just a quarter of the country’s child populationDeprived parts of the country were overwhelmingly represented in the statistics.According to a 2014 report by the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service, 786 children aged 0-14 were admitted to hospital from 2009 to 2013 with injuries arising from either assault, neglect or maltreatment. The figures are likely under reported because officials have to be certain of an assault before it can be recorded.The report shows admission rates have declined gradually since 2000.However, child abuse expert Dr Patrick Kelly, clinical director of Starship’s child protection team Te Puaruruhau, said research showed abusive head trauma referrals to the hospital were on the rise.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/73717177/special-investigation-new-zealands-shameful-record-of-child-abuselast_img read more

Thornton makes winning dash to Boone checkers

first_imgThree drivers provided most of the action upfront for much of the race as Joel Bushore, in a new ride after his rollover last week, led the field as the race went green.  BOONE, Iowa (Aug. 8) – Dylan Thornton prevailed in a 20-lap IMCA Modified feature decided by inches in a mad dash to the finish line that had the crowd on its feet Saturday at Boone Speed­way.  Johnathon Logue took the comfortable win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. There were two 1-lap dashes for the Northern SportMods. The top 12 finishers from the heat races ran the Elmquist Towing Dash with $400 going to the winner. Logue cashed in there. The Walters Sani­tary Service Trash Dash was for the 12 drivers finishing fourth through sixth in their heats. Garrett Nel­son took home the $300 prize in that one. By Joyce Eisele Racing continues next week at the Boone Speedway when the green flag will drop at 7 p.m. Thornton, who is from California, is spending the summer back here in Iowa and, ironically enough, staying with second place finisher Gustin.  The victory marked the first time Thornton has vis­ited the winner’s circle at the speedway. Donavon Smith was back in victory lane after winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car 20-lapper and David Rieks stepped into victory lane for the first time in several years when he won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event.  Thornton was quick to join in and then 14th place starter Jimmy Gustin joined in to make it a trio of fun. The closing laps saw the three drivers go at it in a spectacular dash to the finish line. Thornton had just enough momentum coming out of the final corner as the checkers un­furled, taking the win by inches over Gustin. Bushore finished a close third.  After measuring his margin of victory lane in inches, Dylan Thornton displayed the checkers and IMCA Modified trophy Saturday at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photog­raphy)last_img read more