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Child’s death not being treated as suspicious

New Zealand Police are carrying out enquiries on behalf of the coroner following the death of a child in the Bay of Plenty.

Police were advised of the baby’s death in Whakatane at 11am on Wednesday.

A police spokesperson says at this time the death is not being treated as suspicious.

“No details of the deceased child are able to be released at this stage.”

An autopsy of the child will be carried out in the next few days.

This is the third child that has died in the Bay of Plenty this year, with one other being seriously injured.

On March 21, a body of a two-year-old girl was found on the tidal flats at Little Waihi. On March 26, the child’s death was upgraded to a murder inquiry.

On March 27, police were called to a property in Maungatapu where a 17-month-old had been injured. The child was transferred to Starship Hospital were the child sadly passed away.

A 39-year-old man Adrian Clancy is currently in custody charged with murder of the 17-month-old. He is set to next appear on May 22 by audio visual link.

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