Auckland baby dies: police speak with whānau as homicide investigation continues

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Police carried out an examination of the scene in Auckland's Birkdale after the death of a 10-month-old baby on Auckland's north coast.

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Police carried out an examination of the scene in Auckland’s Birkdale after the death of a 10-month-old baby on Auckland’s north coast.

Police are addressing a “wide range of people”, including limbs of a baby Whānau, after his death from “non-accidental injuries” in Auckland.

Chance Kamanaka O Ke Akura Aipolani-Nielson died at Starship Children’s Hospital on Friday after suffering serious injuries at an address in Birkdale, on the north Auckland coast, on Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Aaron Proctor said earlier that police were treating his death as homicide.

On Tuesday, Proctor said the autopsy and examination of the property’s premises on Vandeleur Avenue were completed.

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“Our investigation is continuing and the police are unable to comment on the details of the work we are doing,” he said.

Chance was rushed to Starship Children's Hospital with serious injuries.  He died two days later.

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Chance was rushed to Starship Children’s Hospital with serious injuries. He died two days later.

“However, the police can say that we are speaking with a wide range of people, including members of Chance’s whānau.”

Proctor said any death under suspicious circumstances was a tragedy.

“The community of Birkdale can be assured that the police are fully investigating the circumstances surrounding Chance’s death.”

Anyone with information has been urged to contact the police on 105 and refer to Operation Angora, or file number 211215/5969.


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