Friday, 6 May 2011

SBS: New Zealand: baby Scott-Dinnington died


Serenity Jay
BABY SERENITY: Died in hospital.
The grandmother of a Ngaruawahia infant who died from apparent "shaken baby" injuries hopes her case does not end up like that of the Kahui twins – with no-one held accountable.
Six-month-old Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington died in Auckland's Starship hospital last week after her life-support was switched off.
Family have been told by medical staff and police they believe her injuries were similar to shaken baby syndrome.
Police are investigating and autopsy results were expected today. However, tests have already determined her death was not accidental.
Serenity's mother Chelsea Scott, her fiance Mathew Ellery, her four-year-old son, Travis, and brother Drew, 17, were home at the time.
Chelsea's mother Celeste Scott yesterday told the Waikato Times she did not know any details about when baby Serenity's body was being released or the police investigation into her death.
But she was clear she wanted the person responsible found and details of how her granddaughter was injured brought to light because she didn't want the case to become like the investigation into the deaths of Chris and Cru Kahui, where nobody has been held to account after the twins' father was eventually charged and then acquitted.
"That's what everybody keeps saying, that they hope it isn't like that, but I really hope not because I don't want this family to go through what that family had to go through."
Five-month-old twins Chris and Cru Kahui were killed in 2006.
Their father Chris Kahui was eventually arrested and charged with their murder but was found not guilty in 2008. Until their death the twins had lived with their parents and several other members of the extended family including paternal grandfather William "Banjo" Kahui.

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