27 year old Te Puna woman Michaela Barriball will spend at least 17 years in jail for the murder of 5 year Malachi Subecz.
Malachi died on November 17 last year in Starship Hospital as a result of severe injuries from abuse suffered while in Barriball’s care.
At today’s sentencing in the Rotorua High Court, it also emerged that Malachi was placed in Barriball’s care with the consent of the mother whilst she served a sentence of imprisonment. Barriball and Malachi were not related.
The majority of abuse took place in a cabin located on land owned by Barriball’s father near the Bay of Plenty settlement of Te Puna.
Malachi was known to State agency Oranga Tamariki, who have launched an investigation into their involvement in Malachi’s care.