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Nia Glassie's abuser has third baby taken at birth by authorities

Author
Anna Leask of the NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 6 Nov 2016, 9:42am

Nia Glassie's abuser has third baby taken at birth by authorities

Author
Anna Leask of the NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 6 Nov 2016, 9:42am

One of the women jailed over the death of toddler Nia Glassie has had a child removed from her care at birth, for the third time.

Oriwa Kemp was just 19 when she was jailed for her part in the death of the Rotorua three-year-old.

At the time she had one child, which was taken from her.

Since then three more children have been removed from her care by Child, Youth and Family as soon as they were born.

CYF's Auckland family regional director Sharon Thom has confirmed the fourth child was born recently and is now safe and doing well with a caregiver.

"We can confirm that Ms Kemp has no children in her care," Thom toldĀ the Herald on Sunday.

"We can also confirm that a baby born to Ms Kemp recently has been removed and is safe and doing well with a caregiver.

"Ms Kemp is well aware of the reasons why her children are not in her care."

Thom would not comment on the circumstances of the birth.

"It is not appropriate for us to go into any further detail regarding Ms Kemp or her children.

"Public interest is satisfied by releasing the above information which shows that Child, Youth and Family has taken the right steps to ensure Ms Kemp's children are safe and properly cared for."

Nia's death remains one of the worst child abuse cases in New Zealand history.

She died on August 3, 2007 from head injuries, 13 days after she was admitted to Starship Hospital and placed on life support.

NZ Herald