1 Jun 2010

Grandmother admits manslaughter of child

9:11 pm on 1 June 2010

The grandmother of three-year-old Cherish Tahuri-Wright, who died from brain injuries in February last year, has admitted her manslaughter.

Joanne Tahuri, who's 56, had been facing a murder charge in the High Court in Whanganui, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on Monday.

Earlier, the Crown told the Jury the child was taken to Wellington hospital with bleeding between her skull and brain, a tear inside her upper lip and a bruised jaw.

The accused told the police Cherish had recently fallen twice and been hit by her cousin, also a toddler, but surgeons said that did not explain the injuries present when the child was admitted to hospital.

Tahuri will be sentenced on 18 June.