19 Feb 2020

Charges against man dropped over death of baby son

11:47 am on 19 February 2020

The Crown has dropped a charge against an Auckland man accused of killing his 11-month-old son, after a nearly year-long investigation.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

Police arrested the man in November 2018 after an almost year-long investigation into the infant's death.

The man - who cannot be named - went to trial defending a manslaughter charge at the end of last year.

It ended in a hung jury and today prosecutor Henry Steele confirmed the Crown would not seek a retrial.

Justice Moore formally discharged the man - who is applying for permanent name suppression.