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Woman faces court after death of 3-year-old who was put in dryer

It's been described as one of New Zealand's worst child abuse cases
Nia Glassie sustained fatal head injuries from the abuse

A woman who was involved in the horrific abuse of three-year-old Nia Glassie has landed herself back in court for assault.

Oriwa Kemp was one of five people who were imprisoned for their involvement in the abuse and subsequent death of the girl in 2007.

While Nia’s mother Lisa Kuka was at work, the toddler was left in the care of her partner Wiremu Curtis and his brother Michael. Nia’s cousin Michael Pearson and his partner Oriwa Kemp were also present at the time.

But instead of caring for the little girl, the brothers inflicted horrific injuries which ultimately resulted in her death.

Nia was kicked, slapped, beaten and jumped on.

She was put in the clothes dryer for 30 minutes on a hot setting, hung on the clotheslines and spun around, burned by a fire, dragged through a sandpit and dropped from heights, amongst other things.

When the girl’s mother returned home, she found her daughter unresponsive.

However, she did not seek medical assistance until the following day, after spending the night celebrating a 21st birthday.

Nia was found to have brain damage so severe she couldn’t breathe for herself. She was placed on life support for 13 days before she tragically died.

Nia Glassie sustained fatal head injuries from the abuse (Credit: Supplied)

The two brothers were found guilty of murder while the girl’s mother was convicted of two counts of manslaughter.

Oriwa Kemp and her partner were convicted of assaulting the innocent girl.

Now, more than ten years on from her death, Kemp has found herself back in court where she had plead guilty assaulting another person.

The woman was caught stealing a bottle of coca-cola and a can of pringles.

Appearing before the court last Friday, Kemp admitted to charges of assault, theft and beaching intensive supervision conditions.

She is due to be sentenced next month.

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