14 Jan 2015

Woman charged over Christchurch baby's death

3:37 pm on 14 January 2015

Police have charged an 18-year-old woman with murder following an investigation into the death of baby Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand earlier this month.

Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand

Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand Photo: heavenaddress.com memorial website

The woman had been babysitting one-year-old Aaliyah at an address in Christchurch on 6 January before taking her to Christchurch Hospital with the assistance of a neighbour.

Aaliyah died in Christchurch Hospital's intensive care unit on 7 January, with her parents by her bedside.

The woman was due to appear in Christchurch District Court this afternoon.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson, who led the investigation, said Aaliyah's death was a tragedy for the family.

He said her death had also affected the wider community and the team investigating the incident.

Police would continue to support Aaliyah's family through the court process, he said.