Police inquiry after foster child’s death


By KIM RUSCOE – Fairfax Media | Friday, 18 April 2008

Police are investigating the death of a south Auckland toddler who sustained unexplained head injuries while in the care of his foster parents.

Police spokeswoman Angeline Barlow said the death of three-year-old Papakura toddler Dylan Hohepa Tonga Rimoni was being treated as suspicious.

Middlemore Hospital staff notified police on Wednesday that a child with unexplained head injuries had been brought to the hospital by ambulance late the previous night.

He was later transferred to Auckland’s Starship Hospital, where life support was turned off yesterday, Ms Barlow said.

Dylan’s foster family, who were caring for him at the time, were helping police “piece together” the course of events which led to the boy’s death, Ms Barlow said.

A scene examination was underway at the family’s Drury home and was expected to be completed later today.

A Ministry of Social Development spokeswoman said Dylan’s foster care was not a Child Youth and Family arrangement.


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