fatally beaten by caregiver, was 'invisible' within the system
The Tauranga boy died in Starship hospital in November last year after sustaining months of physical abuse - including being beaten and burnt - by Michaela Barriball. She pleaded guilty to his murder earlier this year and is serving a life sentence.
The report by Dame Karen Poutasi was commissioned by the six state agencies that interacted with Malachi and his whānau in the months leading up to his death.
“At no time was the system able to penetrate and defeat Barriball’s consistent efforts to hide the repeated harm she was causing to Malachi that culminated in his murder,” said Dame Karen in her report.
Link to video and article: Malachi Subecz, fatally beaten by caregiver, was 'invisible' within the system (1news.co.nz)