Te Puna homicide: Two women charged over five-year-old's death

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Wed, 22 Dec 2021, 11:18AM
Malachi Subecz was found with injuries at a Te Puna property on November 1.
Malachi Subecz was found with injuries at a Te Puna property on November 1.

Te Puna homicide: Two women charged over five-year-old's death

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Dec 2021, 11:18AM

A woman has been charged with the murder of a 5-year-old boy in Bay of Plenty. 

Malachi Subecz was found with injuries at a Te Puna property on November 1 and treated in Tauranga Hospital. 

He died on November 12 after being transported to Starship Hospital in Auckland in a battle to save his life. 

Police say Michaela Barriball, 27, has been charged with murder, disfiguring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and injuring with intent to injure. 

Barriball has previously been charged with ill-treating Malachi prior to his death, police say. 

Her sister, Sharron Barriball, 37, is also due to appear on a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice relating to the investigation of Malachi's death, police say. 

The two women are due to appear in Tauranga District Court today. 

Both women are currently in custody and a judge refused them name suppression at a hearing four days ago.