Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has called for a report into the abuse of a nine year old girl in West Auckland, which Government agencies describe as horrific.
The girl's parents face 36 charges of abuse and injury.
The child, and her siblings, have been taken into the care of Child Youth & Family.
Ms Bennett has asked CYF for a report into what happened to the child.
Depending on what the report reveals, Ms Bennett says an independent investigation may be required.
The child's parents are due to appear in court again on Wednesday.