Police investigate Kaitaia child’s death


Police have begun a homicide inquiry into the death of a two-year-old Northland girl, with a post mortem expected to confirm the cause of death tomorrow.

A 32-year-old woman has been charged with assault and is in police custody, awaiting an appearance in the Auckland District Court tomorrow morning.

Police said it was too early to say whether further charges were likely.

The toddler was taken to Kaitaia Hospital with serious injuries about 4.30am on Saturday.

She was flown to Auckland’s Starship Hospital, where she died at 11am.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said hospital staff had contacted police shortly after the girl’s arrival.

She said police were not releasing details, such as the child’s relationship to the accused or whether she had any siblings.

Investigators were today conducting an examination of the toddler’s home in Miro Place, Kaitaia.

Senior Sergeant Geoff Ryan said police had spoken to family members, who had been co-operative.

“We will continue to conduct inquiries with the immediate family in an attempt to piece together exactly what has occurred.

“There are still a significant number of friends and family to be spoken to in getting a detailed background picture of the environment the deceased and her family lived in.

“This is a tragic time for the family and we will be respecting the need for the family to have time to cope with what has happened.”


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