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Nia's abuser has fourth child in care

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/11/2016

A woman who went to prison for ill treating Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie nearly a decade ago has had another baby removed from her care.

Oriwa Kemp's fourth child, born recently, was taken into care, Child, Youth and Family has confirmed.

"The decisions to remove her children have been taken in the best interests of the children and with the co-operation of the family," CYF Auckland regional director Sharon Thom said in a statement.

"Ms Kemp is well aware of the reasons why her children are not in her care."

The baby is doing well with a caregiver.

Decisions about the future care of Ms Kemp's children would be overseen by the Family Court, Ms Thom said.

CYF would not go into further detail.

"Public interest is satisfied by releasing the above information which shows that Child, Youth and Family has taken the right steps to ensure Ms Kemp's children are safe and properly cared for."

In one of New Zealand's high-profile child abuse cases, three-year-old Nia died from brain injuries in 2007 after being put in a tumble dryer set to hot, swung around on a clothesline and kicked in the head.

In 2008, when Ms Kemp was 18, she was sent to prison for three years and four months for wilful ill treatment.

Ms Kemp's partner at the time, Wiremu Curtis, and Wiremu's brother Michael Curtis were sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 17-and-a-half years for the toddler's murder.

Nia's mother, Lisa Kuka, 35, was sentenced to nine years in prison for manslaughter.

The state has intervened with all of Ms Kemp's four children. Newborns were taken into care in 2012 and 2014 and an older child was also in care before that.

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