How did mistreated Auckland baby get 16 fractures? Family tight-lipped as case sparks memories of Kahui twins

The family of a seriously hurt Auckland baby are staying tight-lipped, after the four-month-old girl was admitted to Middlemore Hospital with 16 fractures last month.

Medial staff discoverer the four-month-old had fractures to her ribs, arms, legs and skull when she was admitted last month. Source: 1 NEWS

Police today revealed the horror injuries were "non-accidental" and inflicted over a period of time, while making a public call for help.

They are asking for those who know what happened to speak up, but NZ Herald is reporting the family of the baby have been uncooperative.

Today's sickening details have revived memories of the Kahui twins, Chris and Cru, who died in 2006 aged just three-months-old, after being admitted to Starship Hospital with serious head injuries.

'Do the right thing': Police ask for help after baby girl suffers fractured skull, ribs, arms and legs in likely 'non-accidental injury'

Their father Chris Kahui was charged with their murders but no one was ever convicted over the twins' deaths.

On that occasion family members also declined to help police.

In speaking today, Detective Senior Sergeant Sutherland revealed the Howick baby had suffered fractures to her skull, ribs, arms and legs.

A month on from her arrival at Middlemore Hospital on February 18, police are calling on those that know what happened to "do the right thing".

"Medical staff discovered significant fractures to her body, which included to her skull, ribs, arms and legs," Detective Sutherland said in a statement.

"The fractures have been described by medical experts as being of varying ages and classically associated with non-accidental injury.

"Thankfully, the child is going to make a full recovery however Police are extremely concerned by these injuries and Oranga Tamariki has been notified."

The girl is now in the care of Oranga Tamariki.

"We are now urging anyone with information which can assist our investigation to do the right thing and contact police."

A child advocacy group, Child Matters, said today that violence and control by those harming children and families can affect the ability of other adults to speak up.

"At times, speaking up to protect a child or young person may require assisting government agencies such as the Police and Oranga Tamariki with enquires," CEO Jane Searle said this afternoon.

"This can be frightening and difficult for some - however nothing is more important than the wellbeing and protection of our children."

Police say "anyone with information is urged to contact the Counties Manukau Child Protection team on 09 213 8571 or anonymously to the crime stoppers reporting line on 0800 555 111.

"You can also send us a private message on Facebook," Detective Sutherland said.

Elderly woman missing on Auckland's Waiheke Island found safe and well

An elderly woman who went missing on Auckland's Waiheke Island yesterday has been found safe and well.

Sylvia Henley, who has Alzheimer's disease, was last seen yesterday morning.

Ms Henley was found by a local resident, who alerted police at around 9.25am today.

Source: NZ Police


Homicide investigation launched after man fatally stabbed in Northland's Moerewa

A homicide investigation has been launched following the fatal stabbing in the Northland town of Moerewa last night.

Emergency services were called to an address at 8.45pm.

Police say a 57-year-old man died at the scene.

A woman is currently assisting Police with inquiries.

Police say the pair are known to each other and no one else is being sought over the incident.

A post mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow.

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS


US Border Patrol agent suspected of being 'serial killer' after allegedly killing four women in two weeks

Texas state troopers arrested a US Border Patrol supervisor today who they say went on a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended only when a fifth woman escaped from him at a gas station and found help.

Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, fled from state troopers and was found hiding in a truck in a hotel parking lot in Laredo at around 2am today, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said at a news conference in the border city about 235 kilometres southwest of San Antonio.

Sheriff Cuellar said investigators have "very strong evidence" that he is responsible for the deaths of the four women working as prostitutes.

One of the victims was a transgender woman, said Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz.

"We do consider this to be a serial killer," Mr Alaniz said.

Mr Alaniz told The Texas Tribune that after the suspect picked up the fifth woman she quickly realised that she was in danger.

"When she tried to escape from him at a gas station that's when she ran into a [state] trooper," Mr Alaniz said.

Ortiz will be charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping, Mr Alaniz said.

He said that authorities believe Ortiz had killed all four women since September 3. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

Mr Alaniz said two of them were US citizens but the nationalities of the other two were not yet known.

"The manner in which they were killed is similar in all the cases from the evidence," said Mr Alaniz.

But both Mr Alaniz and Sheriff Cuellar declined to discuss the evidence or say how the women were killed.

Mr Alaniz said investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the killings. Sheriff Cuellar said investigators believe Ortiz acted alone.

"It's interesting that he would be observing and watching as law enforcement was looking for the killer, that he would be reporting to work every day like normal," Mr Alaniz said.

Ortiz was a 10-year veteran of the Border Patrol. US Customs and Border Protection issued a statement saying that it was fully cooperating with the investigation.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims' family and friends. While it is CBP policy to not comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, criminal action by our employees is not, and will not be tolerated," the agency said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, whose Texas Rangers are investigating, did not return several messages seeking comment.

San Diego, California, USA - July 4, 2016: International Border fence between USA -San Diego, and Mexico - Tijuana,  with border patrol car driving along the road.
International Border fence between USA -San Diego, and Mexico (file picture). Source:

Man charged after Aussie cop struck by car during group motorbike ride for police who died in the line of duty

A 21-year-old man is in custody after a police officer in the Australian state of Victoria was hit by a car and killed while taking part in a group ride to commemorate police who died in the line of duty.

Victoria Police say the car was travelling along the Princes Highway near Orbost in the state's east on Friday afternoon when it veered onto the opposite side of the road and struck the policeman's bike. He died at the scene.

The officer, who the Herald Sun have named as Detective Senior Sergeant Vic Kostiuk, was among 300 riders in the Wall to Wall Ride who set out from the Victoria Police Memorial in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, headed for Merimbula and then on to Canberra on Saturday.

A Botanic Ridge man is in custody charged with one count of culpable driving, police said.

He is due to appear at Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court on Monday.

Vic Kostiuk.
Vic Kostiuk. Source: Supplied