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West Australian Perth model Maraea Te Oke Mae Hunia charged with death of baby son Jahley Poata

‘Glamour model’ and her partner’s baby son died after MONTHS of alleged neglect – and even doctors couldn’t save him, court hears

  • A glamour model is charged with child neglect 
  • Mother-of-eight Maraea Te Oke Mae Hunia charged with partner Jahley Poata
  • The West Australian couple faced court on Friday and will reappear on Tuesday 
  • Their son, Jahley Poata, died on Wednesday in Perth Children’s Hospital

A mother of eight and her partner have been charged with neglect after the death of their six-month-old baby boy. 

Maraea Te Oke Mae Hunia, 31, and her partner Jahley Poata, 30, faced Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, two days after their son died.

The couple allegedly failed to give the baby the necessary medical, remedial and therapeutic care between June 1 and September 27, the court heard. 

Maraea Te Oke Mae Hunia, 31, and her partner Jahley Poata, 30, both faced the charges at Perth Magistrates Court on Friday (pictured, Ms Hunia with little Jahley)

The boy, also named Jahley Poata, (pictured) died at Perth's Children's Hospital on Wednesday

The boy, also named Jahley Poata, (pictured) died at Perth’s Children’s Hospital on Wednesday 

The mother of eight and Mr Poata did not apply for bail and only spoke to confirm their names in court on Friday (pictured, Ms Hunia posing on social media)

The mother of eight and Mr Poata did not apply for bail and only spoke to confirm their names in court on Friday (pictured, Ms Hunia posing on social media)

The boy, also named Jahley Poata, died at Perth’s Children’s Hospital on Wednesday after he was transferred from their local hospital. 

‘On September 26, the baby was admitted to Collie Hospital and due to his condition was transferred to Perth Children’s Hospital,’ police alleged, reported The West Australian.

Neither parent applied for bail and only spoke to confirm their names in court on Friday.

They will front court again on Tuesday. 

Ms Hunia is a ‘glamour model’ and has a TikTok following of almost 3,000 and 7,400 on Instagram.

She said she is a model for Kiwi clothing brand Marley The Label and for Maneki Meow, a Japanese label and posts pictures of her wearing outfits.

Ms Hunia also said she is a skin care consultant for the Monat brand as well as a beauty and hair expert. 

Ms Hunia (pictured) has a big TikTok following of almost 3,000 and 7,400 on Instagram

Ms Hunia (pictured) also said she is a skin care consultant for the Monat brand as well as a beauty and hair expert

Ms Hunia (pictured) also said she is a skin care consultant for the Monat brand as well as a beauty and hair expert 

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