Baby scratched in altercation

A Temuka woman was convicted and discharged yesterday on a charge of assaulting a baby on the day the newborn came home from hospital.

Elizabeth Ann Mackie, 52, a community worker, pleaded guilty in Timaru District Court to assaulting a child and assault.

She became involved in an altercation with the man holding the baby. She punched him in the head and lunged at the baby, causing two scratches below the infant's lip.

The baby was taken off the man and he and Mackie continued to argue and fell onto a coffee table, and the altercation continued until the man punched Mackie.

Judge Maze noted that Mackie's employment involved her taking care of others. "You are highly regarded in this role and this happened against a very stressful background. This outburst of violence is totally out of character."

In light of background matters and the likely effect of convictions on her employment, Mackie was convicted and discharged.

The Timaru Herald