Burnt child taken from hospital
The caregiver of a child who suffered burns in a house fire is facing a criminal charge for trying to remove him from an Auckland hospital.
A man appeared in the Manukau District Court this week charged with removing the three-year-old boy from a place of care and putting him at risk of infection. It is unknown if he is the boy's father.
It is alleged the man took the toddler from hospital on Sunday in an act that was a "major departure from the standard of care to be expected of a reasonable person”.
The child was undergoing treatment after sustaining burns in a house fire, but it is unclear how severe his injuries were or when the fire happened.
Hospital spokesperson Lauren Young said the toddler was now safe and the hospital was working with the family and “involved agencies” to achieve the best outcome for him.
“All correct procedures were followed by staff and the appropriate agencies were informed when the event occurred,” she said.
Child, Youth and Family confirmed it had known of the child and his family since the fire.
“We have been working with the family to ensure this little boy is safe,” CYF's northern regional director Sharon Thom said.
“He is recovering well and remains in Child, Youth and Family care placed with a member of the wider family.”
The man has been remanded in custody and will appear in court today for a bail application.
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