Investigation underway following death of a child

Investigation underway following death of a child

Bay of Plenty

An investigation is underway in Taupo following the death of a three-year-old boy.

The boy was admitted to Taupo Hospital with critical injuries at approximately 3pm yesterday afternoon (Monday, 10 August). Preparations were underway to transfer him to Starship Hospital but he died last night before that transfer could occur.

A post mortem examination to establish cause of death will take place today and an address in Taupo has been contained over night for a scene examination today.

A number of people, both adults and children, have been at the address in recent days. It is understood that the parents of the child were not present at the address.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lew Warner said: “It is very early into the investigation and I am not prepared to speculate on how the boy died. We have a number of people we need to speak to and the investigation will also rely heavily on information and advice from medical experts; so it may be some days before we are in a position to make more informed comment.”

Police will not be commenting on the nature of the injuries.

Other children from the address are currently in the care of CYFs pending the outcome of the investigation.

The name of the boy will not be released until all relevant next of kin have been informed and Police will not be facilitating media interviews at this time.

Media enquiries should be referred to Communications Manager Kim Perks on 027 234 8256.