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Homicide investigation launched into death of Gisborne toddler

Gisborne Police have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a 19-month-old child.

The toddler was brought into Gisborne Hospital with critical injuries on Thursday, January 6 and was subsequently flown to Starship Hospital, a police media statement said.

"Sadly, the toddler died today.

"Police enquiries into the nature and circumstances surrounding their injuries are continuing.

"A scene examination has been completed at a residential address in Te Hapara, Gisborne.

"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 enquiries 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."

  1. Dennis says:

    As I sit here watching my own mokos I cannot help but get so angry, sad angry, and hoping that this little person is resting in peace. I say angry twice because I am so damn angry. I don’t know the circumstances but I am tired of hearing about our tamariki getting injured, beaten or killed. We should truly be ashamed of ourselves as a nation. We cannot continue to accept this. I keep hearing lots of talk around getting this sorted yet it keeps happening. I truly hope that if you have been the cause of this little person’s death, you get what is coming to you. I want to say more but will stop there.

  2. Julee, Wairoa says:

    My heart aches for this pepi, mokopuna. I can only cry knowing how scared this pepi was of their abuser. Makes a whole nation weep. Rest in the Almighty arms little angel. 💔💔

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    2. Brian says:

      This is so sad 😢😢 makes me so angry how someone can take this poor innocent baby’s life!😡😡😡😡😡 I hope the person involved Rots in Hell! I can’t help but use these words!
      As for this sweet innocent child
      Fly sweet Angel, you are now safe in the arms of the Angels and your whanau upstairs – you are safe now and forever sweet heart. It’s so sad you never got to experience what life would be like for you on this Earth – all because of evilness took it from you. Rest in eternal love and light sweet angel.❤🧡💛💚💙💜

      1. Rangimaria Te Puni says:

        I can’t help but agree brutha. They didn’t get to live there life it was taken so young. And may that pepe get justice 💯. I’m upset about this but I push it out and let ❤️L❤️O❤️V❤️E❤️ come in ❤️❤️❤️ R❤️I❤️P❤️