The boyfriend of a Waikato mother whose 6-month-old daughter died of non-accidental injuries last April will appear in court today charged with the infant's murder.
Waikato detectives yesterday arrested Matthew Ellery and charged him with murdering Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington at her Ngaruawahia home.
Last night, Serenity's mother, Chelsea Scott, responded to news of the arrest by changing her relationship status on Facebook from 'in a relationship' to 'single'.
She also posted a message saying her "beautiful baby gurl" could rest in peace now."Rest in peace my angel. Mummy loves u always!"
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene said the accused man would appear in the Hamilton District Court.
So it's taken an arrest for Chelsea Scott to consider her relationship with the alleged killer over; excuse us, but that's poles apart from the values to which we subscribe; especially when we read this further down in the story:
On January 6, Ms Scott gave birth to a child fathered by Ellery. Child, Youth and Family took the baby less than 48 hours later.
Ms Scott's 6-year-old son, Travis, has been in CYF care since the incident last year.
Ellery appeared with Ms Scott on Campbell Live last year to protest his innocence and to rebut claims that he had anger issues.
He said in the interview that he had tried to do CPR on Serenity. "It was too hard and it wasn't working. Chelsea was a mess and I was shaking."
Ms Scott was asked if she believed that Ellery was not responsible for Serenity's death. She said: "Yes, I believe him. People haven't seen the way Matthew is with kids."
Ms Scott said she knew who the baby's killer was and pointed the finger elsewhere. On Facebook earlier, she had said the killer was walking around "as if nothing had happened" and she wanted to see justice done. "I know for a fact who killed her."
So we say this to Chelsea; if you knew "for a fact" who killed your baby, did you bother to pass that information on to the police? Somehow, we doubt it.
Sadly, this case is typical of the litany of child abuse deaths. The family clams up and bands together, because the reputation or street cred of the killer is obviously far more important than the concept of justice for a child whose life has been snuffed out in a moment of rage. That attitude sickens us.
So we're pleased that an arrest has been made in this case, and we hope that in due course, that justice is done. In the meantime, the "single" tag on Chelsea Scott's Facebook page should be an absolute red flag to potential suitors until such time as she comes to the understanding that a child's life is far, far more valuable than a partner's reputation.