The Rotorua coroner in charge of the inquest into three year old Moko Rangitoheriri's death says he never thought he'd see anything as bad as the injuries suffered by murdered toddler Nia Glassie.
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Wallace Bain is overseeing the case in the Rotorua District Court, which is set down for three days.
Lawyer David Dowthwaite read a summary of facts detailing the horrific injuries suffered by Moko, which included a ruptured bowel that caused fecal matter to leak into his abdomen.
Coroner Bain noted the death of Nia, who died in August 2007 from terrible head injuries.
"It's not easy for you to read ...you were the counsel assisting this court in the Nia Glassie (case), I was the presiding coroner.
"We thought then nothing could get as bad. It appears Nia Glassie and what happened to her is kindergarten compared to what you have read out."
The court was read a series of texts between one of the those found guilty of Moko's manslaughter and his mother, detailing the stress the living situation had brought on.
Tania Shailer and David Haerewa were sentenced to 17 years in prison for Moko's 2015 death after their horrific abuse of the child.
Shailer and Haerewa were in charge of Moko's care while his mother Nicola Dally-Paki was in Auckland at Starship hospital with another child in the months preceding his October death.
Detective Inspector Lewis Warner read out some of the texts between Tania Shailer and Ms Dally-Paki, the first from June 16 from Shailer:
"Bro...its ok but uve gt 2 remember I have 4kids n we already live week to week sis...N I no uve gt so much on ur plate at the Mo but so do we bro! Huri up gt shit sorts aiight!
Ms Dally-Paki replied: Alguds bro I understand ur point of view....the following wk I'll cum dwn pik them up will have sumthing sorted fr them by then."
The pair continue to correspond.
Ms Paki texts Tania Shailer about her difficulties regarding finding suitable carers and accommodation in July.
"Carnt w8 to c my bbys dis wk iv gt a meetn this wk to say they kum up last to ther grandmothers but ddnt wana stay ther and retturnd him into yr care can i ...Wth u and u ok with that til I gt a whare thn kei te pai until then that the plan I gt fr this wk lol"
Text messages and Facebook messages detailing the difficulties of looking after Moko, and Shaila's mental state, were also heard by the court.
The inquest continues.
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