Upset, drunk teen tried to snatch his baby

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 05:00 04/07/2012

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A teenager tried to snatch his baby from his former girlfriend while she was at Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital because he was "drunk and upset".

Te Hemapo Kaurauria, 17, yesterday admitted assaulting a female, common assault and wilful damage when he appeared in Hastings District Court.

On the afternoon of June 12, he went to see his former girlfriend, who was at the hospital with her sick toddler and their 2-month-old baby.

He grabbed his former girlfriend by the arm and hit her across the cheek before snatching the baby in its portable car seat and starting to leave.

Kaurauria then pushed a nurse, who tried to stop him. He put the baby down and kicked in a window on his way out.

Police found him and took him back to the hospital for urgent treatment on a deep gash in his leg. He was kept in hospital overnight.

Kaurauria who was on bail at the time, told police he was "drunk and upset". He will be sentenced on Friday.

Speaking outside court yesterday, he admitted: "I shouldn't have done it." He was back with his girlfriend and she and the baby were "all good".

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