More charges for dad accused of assaulting babies
An Auckland father who allegedly assaulted his nine-and-a-half week old twins has reappeared in the Auckland District Court this morning facing a raft of new charges.
The man, who has name suppression to protect the identities of his victims, faces six fresh charges of assault on a child, one charge of assault on a person with a blunt instrument and four charges of ill treatment and neglect of a child under the age of 18.
He also appeared on two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, two charges of injuring with intent to injure and a charge of assaulting a female.
The man was first charged with assault with intent to injure during an alleged incident on June 19. At that time he is alleged to have also caused grievous bodily harm to his partner, the children's mother.
Those charges were representative, meaning they represent several assaults.
The woman, who has three other children, has taken out a protection order against him.
Detective Jacqueline Corner, of the Auckland Child Protection Team, has declined to comment on the case and the extent of the babies' injuries is unknown.
The children were said to be "safe and well" after being placed with Child Youth and Family caregivers.
The man has been remanded in custody and will reappear in court on August 21.
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