13 Mar 2019

Man charged with murder of 4-week-old baby

4:59 pm on 13 March 2019

A man has been charged with the murder of a young baby who died at her family's Kaitaia home a month ago.

Maree Takuira Ngahere.

Maree Takuira Ngahere. Photo: Supplied

Northland Police said a 22-year-old man was charged with the murder of Maree Takuira Mita Ngahere, who was four weeks old.

She died of a brain bleed and had severe bruising on one arm and a leg.

The man, who also faces a charge of assault on a child in relation to a separate matter, is due to appear in the Kaitaia District Court tomorrow.

"I would like to thank the Far North community for their information and support throughout this investigation," Acting Detective Inspector Lloyd Schmid said.