1. Newborn baby taken from hospital
The mother of a newborn baby stolen from her cot in the maternity wing of a hospital says she does not have any hard feelings towards her baby’s kidnappers.
Elsje Pretorius’s five-day-old baby girl was sleeping when Elsje stepped into the shower in the Middlemore Hospital, in Manukau City, Auckland.
She immediately noticed her baby was gone when she reentered her room and her cot was empty.
Elsje told Stuff.co.nz that when she, and the nurse on duty told security newborn Nadine was missing they both panicked.
Police found the kidnappers through CCTV footage that showed a couple escaping the locked unit with the newborn just as another family entered.
Eight hours later they rescued Nadine at a flat that had two bassinets set up.
Stuff.co.nz reports that Fa’atiga Joe Manutui, 31, and a 26-year-old woman were arrested and charged with unlawfully taking a child with intent to cause her to be confined.
2. Asylum seeker teenager self harms
A 15-year-old Iranian asylum seeker girl has been evacuated to Australia from Nauru following a reported self-harm attempt.
The ABC reports that the young girl’s desperate actions came after news of the Cambodia asylum seeker deal.
Ian Rintoul from Refugee Action Collective told The Daily Mail “There have been three days of intense protests arising from the ill-considered deal.”
“The protests have been met with a savage response from the local police as well as the detention centre securities.”
The ABC reports the girl was rushed to hospital when she was found to be vomiting blood following an attempted suicide.
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3. Germaine Greer criticises Duchess of Cambridge
Germaine Greer is making headlines for criticising the Duchess of Cambridge for being “too thin” and has said that Kate Middleton is smarter than the rest of the Royal Family.
“Kate is a great deal more intelligent than the rest of the royals,” Germaine Greer told Newsweek.
“She has been put in charge of William.”
The 75-year old has told Newsweek that Kate Middleton has a” bastard of a job” – that she “ cannot do or say anything spontaneous. She has learned what she has to do and say and how to do and say it in the approved way. Spontaneity will get her in trouble.”