8 Nov 2015

Police investigate 9-year-old schoolgirl's death

12:07 pm on 8 November 2015

A nine-year-old girl has died after being found critically injured at a Palmerston North primary school.

Somerset Crescent School board of trustees chair Tony Coffin said the girl was found with serious injuries during school hours on Tuesday.

He said a staff member tried to revive her before she was taken to hospital, but she died the next day.

Mr Coffin said a specialist Ministry of Education trauma team had been on site and a funeral would be held tomorrow.

He said a police investigation was also underway.

He described the girl as an intelligent child who used to hug staff every morning.