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Name suppression for toddler murder accused

The body of Nevaeh Jaykaya Whatukura was discovered on the tidal flats of Little Waihi on March 21. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford/SunLive.

The man accused of murdering a two-year-old girl has been granted name suppression

The 37-year-old was charged with murder on Thursday, almost four months after the body of Nevaeh Jahkaya Whatukura Ager's body was discovered on the tidal flats of Little Waihi on March 21.

At the time, police say they attended reports of a disorder in the area at around 10.40am and later discovered the little girl’s body.

Following a short investigation into the child’s death, police launched upgraded her death to a homicide.

“This was a tragic incident and we would like to thank members of the public for their assistance and cooperation during the course of this investigation,” says Detective Sergeant Louise Curragh.

The man appeared in Tauranga District Court today via audio visual link.

No plea to the murder charge was entered.

The accused was remanded in custody until his next appearance in the High Court at Tauranga on August 7.

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