10 Feb 2020

Man charged after 5-year-old dies in Rotorua

5:29 pm on 10 February 2020

Police are conducting a homicide inquiry after a five-year-old child died at Rotorua Hospital on Saturday night.

Unexplained death in Taita, Lower Hutt early on Sunday 26th January 2020.  A Police cordon and crime scene invetsigation tent were in place Monday 27th January 2020.  Police Emergency tape.

Photo: RNZ / Patrice Allen

Police said in release they subsequently attended an address on Union Street. A post-mortem is underway.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a child and appeared in the Rotorua District Court today, police said.

They said further charges were likely.