Toddler may have brain damage

CALEB HARRIS
Last updated 13:23 11/03/2014
Caleb Skinner
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Masterton toddler Caleb Skinner, who is recovering in Auckland's Starship children's hospital after he was allegedly assaulted at home last week.

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A toddler injured in an alleged assault will have some degree of brain damage, doctors have said.

Two-year-old Caleb Skinner was airlifted to Starship children's hospital with a severe head injury and bruising after an alleged assault by a man on March 3. 

His condition has improved since then but doctors have told his parents, Joanne Smith and Daryll Skinner, he will have some brain damage, family friend Trevor Mackiewicz said.''

They do think there will be a bit of brain damage but how much, they're not sure until they have the MRI scans."

Caleb's speech was slurred and could not always be understood but he was making gradual progress, Mr Mackiewicz said.

He was in his own room and his parents, who are separated, are sitting with him.

Both parents' employers had been supportive and given them extended leave.

Caleb had to be resuscitated by ambulance staff who were called to his home in George St, Masterton, and it was not known how long he was without oxygen.

A Starship spokesman confirmed Caleb was still in a stable condition today in a ward at the hospital.

A 39-year-old Masterton man who was at Caleb's home was subsequently arrested and charged with assault.

He was given name suppression and remanded in custody.

He will reappear in court later this month, after an initial date was changed.

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