A homicide inquiry is underway after Police were advised on Saturday night (February 8) that a 5-year-old child had passed away at Rotorua Hospital.
Police and ESR subsequently attended a Union Street address to make inquiries into circumstances surrounding the cause of the child’s death.
A post-mortem examination is underway.
A 24-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a child and appeared in the Rotorua District Court today.
He was remanded in custody to reappear on March 3. Further charges are likely.
Issued by the Police Media Centre