4 Sep 2019

Charge upgraded to murder in Whangārei baby assault case

2:36 pm on 4 September 2019

A man originally charged with fatally assaulting a Whangārei baby has now been charged with murder.

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The five-month-old boy was pronounced dead by ambulance staff called to his home in the suburb of Raumanga last week.

The assault charge was withdrawn and replaced with a charge of murder in the Whangārei District Court yesterday.

The man has interim name suppression.

He's been remanded in custody, to appear in the High Court in two weeks' time.