28 Oct 2011

Nia Glassie's mother fails in bid for parole

6:31 pm on 28 October 2011

The mother of the murdered Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie has failed in her first attempt to obtain release from prison.

The three-year-old died in 2007 after a prolonged period of abuse, which included being spun in a tumble-drier.

Lisa Kuka, 38, is serving nine years in prison for failing to protect her daughter from violence and failing to provide timely medical attention.

A Parole Board ruling issued on Friday said Kuka accepts full responsibility for her offending but has not yet had any help to deal with it.

The board says she is reluctant to open up to a psychologist, but accepts that will need to happen in due course.

Given that, the board says, it cannot tell if she is safe to release.

A follow-up hearing has been set for next April.