18 Feb 2020

Man charged with murder after death of 5yo boy in Rotorua

12:29 pm on 18 February 2020

A man has been charged with murder over the death of a five-year-old boy in Rotorua earlier this month.

Signage outside the Rotorua High and District Court

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The boy, who has been named as Ferro-James Tiopira Sio, died in hospital 10 days ago.

The 24-year-old man previously charged with assault of a child has now been charged with murder.

A 28-year-old woman has been charged with ill treatment and neglect of a child.

Both are due to appear in Rotorua District Court next week.