CHILD ABUSE DEATHS SINCE ANTI-SMACKING LAW CHANGED
NUMBER 26 – Mikara Ranui Jarius Reti died shortly after family members on his maternal side took him from Flaxmere to Hawke’s Bay Hospital last Tuesday. Police have arrested and charged a 21-year-old Hastings man with manslaughter. The man appeared in Hastings District Court on Saturday and was remanded in custody. He has interim name suppression and is due to reappear today. Mr Te Aho said he had been told his son suffered blunt force trauma to his liver, which caused internal bleeding, leading to his death. He also had fractured ribs.