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.
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.