So if sterilisation isn’t the answer, what is?

Radio NZ reports:

One of the women who was jailed for her part in the death of Rotorua toddler, , has had another child removed from her care by Child, Youth and Family (CYF).

Oriwa Kemp was jailed for three years and four months for the assault and wilful ill-treatment of the three-year-old, who died in 2007 after prolonged abuse.

She has given birth to at least three children since serving her sentence – all have now been taken by CYF.

So how do you stop this sort of sterilisation? I don’t advocate that, as too harsh a power for the state. But surely something can be done?

Doesn’t CYF have the power to get a court order stating that any children born to a parent will automatically be taken into state care, with the idea being this will be a deterrent. Was this done in this case?

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