Gisborne police have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a 19-month-old toddler – the second preschool child to suffer critical injuries in the city in the space of a week.
The toddler was brought into Gisborne Hospital with critical injuries on Thursday, January 6, and was subsequently flown to Starship children's hospital in Auckland. Sadly, the toddler died today.
A scene examination has been completed at a residential address in Te Hapara, Gisborne. Police inquiries into the nature and circumstances surrounding the infant's injuries are continuing.
"Police are speaking to a number of people, but we would like to speak to anyone else who may have information that could assist our inquiries in determining how the toddler's injuries were sustained."
If you can help, please contact police via 105 and quote file number 220106/5689.
Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
Meanwhile, Gisborne police have arrested a man in relation to the injuries of a
3-month-old baby who was admitted to hospital on New Year's Eve.
The baby was brought into Gisborne Hospital with critical injuries about
10.30am on December 31 and was subsequently flown to Starship children's hospital.
The baby received critical care while at Starship and was flown back to Gisborne Hospital on Thursday in an improved condition.
"Police have arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with wounding with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm. He will appear in the Gisborne District Court
on Wednesday 12 January."
Police have confirmed this incident is not related to the homicide investigation.
As this matter is now before the Courts, Police said they don't have any further comment.
More to come.