Please attribute to Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow:
Police are now treating the death of a child in Tauranga last week as a homicide, following the results of post mortem and medical examinations.
A 17-month-old girl was taken to Tauranga hospital from an address in Maungatapu Road with critical injuries on Wednesday 27 March.
The girl, Sadie-Leigh Gardner, sadly died in Starship Hospital two days later, on Friday 29 March.
Police are continuing to speak to her family, who are cooperating with Police fully.
We're appealing for information from the public to assist with our enquiries and ask that anyone with information contact us on (07) 577 4300.
Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Issued by Police Media Centre