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Support worker did not suspect abuse

Posted at 2:41pm Thursday 31 Aug, 2017


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A support worker from the Maori women's refuge in Taupo did not suspect any abuse of Moko Rangitoheriri until after the 3-year old's death, an inquest has heard.

The child died after he was subjected to horrendous violence at the hands of Tania Shailer and David Haerewa in 2015, when the pair were meant to be looking after him.

At the inquest into Moko's death, being held at the Rotorua District Court, Trina Marama says Shailer was a good actress because there was never any suspicions that there was abuse happening against Moko.

Shailer was looking after Moko and his sister while their mother was in Auckland caring for another child.

Ms Marama told the inquest that she had worked with Moko's sister in the weeks before his death, and was given no reason to suspect there was any abuse happening in Shailer's household.

She says things would have been different if she had.

"If in this case I noticed any signs of adult abuse, I would have reported it without delay."

Mrs Marama thought any bruises on the children were from them punching each other because of sibling rivalry.

She says the first she heard of the violent abuse was on the night that Moko died.

-RNZ

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COMMENTS


..the sage

Posted on 01-09-2017 12:45 | By awaroa

Agreed! Everyone involved played a role.

..the sage

Posted on 01-09-2017 12:45 | By awaroa

Agreed! Everyone involved played a role.

Agree Sage...

Posted on 01-09-2017 12:01 | By Me again

she would have trained especially to see this surely. A child can not hide this sort of thing. She may have been looking other way

@The sage

Posted on 01-09-2017 11:12 | By Papamoaner

Maybe it's very difficult to detect. I hear what you're saying, but reluctant to judge. That kind of support work probably requires special people with special skills. These tragedies hit us hard because we are just a small population. They seem to be common all over the world.

@The sage

Posted on 01-09-2017 11:12 | By Papamoaner

Maybe it's very difficult to detect. I hear what you're saying, but reluctant to judge. That kind of support work probably requires special people with special skills. These tragedies hit us hard because we are just a small population. They seem to be common all over the world.

Support Worker

Posted on 31-08-2017 17:22 | By The Sage

I would say that person should be looking for another job if they could miss hideous abuse like this.



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