The couple found guilty of the manslaughter of Taupo toddler Moko Rangitoheriri have each been sentenced to 17 years' imprisonment at the Rotorua High Court on Monday, with a minimum sentence of nine years. David Haerewa, 45, and Tania Shailer, 26, were initially charged with murder before pleading guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
The summary of facts for the case paints a grisly picture of Moko's last days. During the two months he was with Haerewa and Shailer, he was kicked, thrown, dropped face first on the floor, bitten, stomped on, had faeces rubbed on his face and was denied medical care.
The abuse only came to light after his little body could take no more punishment. On August 10, 2015, Shailer called for an ambulance after Moko became unresponsive. She said Moko was very cold, not breathing and his stomach was hard. She said Moko had fallen from a woodpile.
Paramedics arrived to find Moko lying face down in the home's hallway. Shailer was by his feet while Haerewa kept the other children away from the paramedics. Ambulance officers realised Moko's condition was dire. All they could do was scoop him up and rush him to Taupo Hospital.
He arrived with swelling to his face so bad it was impossible to open his eyes. His abdomen was distended. He had bruising on his front and back. Multiple abrasions and wounds that appeared to be human bite marks were found on his face and arms.
Starship Hospital was called at 3.45pm and plans were made to move Moko north to the hospital where his mother and sibling already were.
But he could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 10pm.
Date of Birth
1990 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Three Strikes Status
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Tania Shailer and David William Haerewa Sentencing Notes