Homicide enquiry after child‘s death
A homicide inquiry is underway after the death of a child in the Bay of Plenty.
Police were advised on Saturday night that a five-year-old child had passed away at Rotorua Hospital.
"Police and ESR subsequently attended a Union Street address to make inquiries into circumstances surrounding the cause of the child’s death," says a police spokesperson.
"A post-mortem examination is underway.
"A 24-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a child and appeared in the Rotorua District Court today."
He was remanded in custody to reappear on March 3.
Further charges are likely, says police.