Tauranga woman found guilty of child neglect


A Tauranga woman charged with child neglect has been found guilty, while her co-accused has been found not guilty.

Jurors deliberated for more than four hours to decide to decide whether 25-year-old Bronwyn Williams and 27-year-old Matthew Gray repeatedly assaulted Ms William's daughter, and/or failed to obtain prompt medical care.

They came to a unanimous agreement about Williams, but could only reach a majority verdict for Gray.

Family members wept and hugged in the gallery after the verdicts were announced.

The case has centred on a series of unexplained bruises that appeared on the toddler between February and April last year.

The court heard that in March, Ms Williams took her daughter to the family doctor, who noted extensive bruising to her back and arms.

She was referred for a blood test that took place two weeks later.

It was also claimed Ms Williams delayed taking the child to the doctor after a black-eye appeared.

In the following weeks the toddler was admitted to hospital twice with bruising, with no medical explanation for their cause.

The Crown's submissions included:

The Defence's submissions included:

Williams was remanded on bail with a sentencing date yet to be set.