Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Mother accused of cutting baby charged

The woman was held in custody overnight. Photo / File
The woman was held in custody overnight. Photo / File

A mother has appeared in court accused of cutting her 14-month-old baby and stabbing her partner at their Christchurch home last night.

Leah Stacey Chandler, 23, appeared before Christchurch District Court this morning facing two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

She did not enter a plea to either charge and was remanded on bail to a post-committal conference on August 23, with conditions that she doesn't consume alcohol and abides to a 6pm to 9am curfew.

A bid by her duty lawyer Mark Callaghan for interim name suppression was refused by Judge Richard Watson.

Police allege Chandler used a hunting knife to stab her partner 30-year-old Donald Williams while he was holding the couple's son, who suffered minor cuts.

Detective Sergeant Chris Power said both were treated at hospital and discharged last night.

"It is extremely fortunate the man's injuries were not more serious,'' he said.

"They had the potential to be life-threatening.''

Mr Williams said he received a 5cm-deep cut near the base of his back, while his son's forearm was injured. Both wounds required stitches.

Against medical wishes, he discharged himself last night, wanting to "get my boy sorted''.

The sandblaster, currently between jobs, was impressed by how his son coped with the presence of the emergency services and his visit to hospital.

"He seems completely fine, thank God,'' Mr Williams said.


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