22 Feb 2019

Kaitaia baby's body believed to be returned to whānau

4:03 pm on 22 February 2019

The body of a baby girl, who died of "non-accidental injuries", in Kaitaia earlier this week has been returned to the whānau, RNZ understands.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

A homicide investigation began after the baby was found dead on Tuesday.

The scene examination at a house in Worth Street, behind Kaitaia hospital, will be completed this evening.

Police said yesterday the post-mortem indicated non-accidental injuries.

Northland CIB Acting Detective Inspector Lloyd Schmid said the inquiry was in the early stages.

He said any death, especially that of a young baby, was a tragedy, and it would be thoroughly investigated.