Nia abuser pregnant

By Lynley Bilby

Oriwa Kemp, jailed over the death of Nia Glassie, seen here in a photo posted to Facebook.
Oriwa Kemp, jailed over the death of Nia Glassie, seen here in a photo posted to Facebook.

One of the women convicted of abusing little Nia Glassie is pregnant and expecting to give birth before Christmas.

Four years ago, Oriwa Kemp was convicted of assaulting the 3-year-old. Kemp was released from prison in 2009, and the 21-year-old is now believed to live a transient lifestyle between Morrinsville, Auckland and Northland.

A female juror who deliberated on the Glassie murder trial wants the baby removed at birth and Kemp to undergo sterilisation.

"I think it's disgusting, revolting, abhorrent," said the juror. "There are so many people in this world who would love to have children and can't have them, and for (Kemp) to be able to go and get pregnant and pop them out whenever she feels like it is just mind-blowing."

This is the second child for the woman who, with four others, was jailed for her cruel part in the child-abuse case that was a catalyst for this week's White Paper on Vulnerable Children.

In response to that paper, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett this week announced a database system which would predict which children were most at risk of abuse, even before they were born.

Bennett told the Herald on Sunday: "When a parent has already seriously abused their own child and lost the care of that child, a Child Abuse Prevention Order could include a presumption that the court remove another baby born into that situation," she said.

Nia Glassie died from head injuries in August 2007, after she was subjected to months of abuse by her family, including being placed in a clothes-drier at top heat for up to 30 minutes and hung from a spinning clothes line. In her final hours, those charged with her care partied rather than seeking urgent medical help for the dying child.

Nia's mother, Lisa Kuka, was found guilty of manslaughter for failing to protect Nia. Kuka's partner, Wiremu Curtis, and his brother Michael were found guilty of murder.

Kemp and Nia's cousin, Michael Pearson, were found guilty of abuse.

At Kemp's hands, Nia was forced to take cold baths and was hit when she cried. Kemp was present when Nia was put in a clothes-drier.

Since the screening of this week's TV show Beyond the Darklands, revisiting the Nia Glassie killing, hundreds of people have posted menacing messages online to Kemp.

A poster identifying herself as Nia's aunt, Doris Glassie, wrote: "I want the bitch in a f**** grave! Yew f**** abuse my niece while y have f**** kids of ur own yew f**** syt!"

Kemp has a child from a previous relationship with Michael Curtis. The girl was born when Kemp was aged under 16 and remains in Child, Youth and Family care. It is likely Kemp's new baby will be taken into CYF care at birth, sources have indicated.


In denial of cruelty

Nia Glassie's grandfather, William Curtis, will be released from jail tomorrow but still denies the worst of the abuse he meted out to the toddler.

Curtis, 53, has served his full four-year sentence for eight counts of assault and is to be released to an address in Hamilton.

Curtis' acts of cruelty included tying a woollen scarf around Nia's neck and dangling her mid-air until her face turned purple. He also pulled her ears, pushed her on the floor, hit her in the mouth, smacked her for crying, kicked her and threatened to stomp on her head.

Curtis was denied parole four times and a report said he continued to pose an undue risk to the community.

A psychological report expressed concern that Curtis continued to deny some of the more serious acts of child abuse.

- Herald on Sunday

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