Police are currently investigating the death of a child found in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga.
Police found the young girl’s body early Friday, after they were called to a two-bedroom house on Moana Ave at around 4am.
A woman in the house is reportedly injured and is now being treated for “superficial injuries“. It is believed that she is the child’s mother, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin said that that the call to police was made by an occupant of the house, and there were no reports of disturbance.
A neighbour said that the mother and child are from Malaysia.
“At this stage we are not aware of any reports of a disturbance overnight or the presence of others at the address where the child lived,” Sergeant Baldwin said. “The priority today is to get well under way with the scene examination, to remove the child’s body from the address and to ensure family are notified appropriately.”
Neighbour Avia Amosa said that he did not hear any noise coming from the house last night. He, however, told the Herald that she heard the child’s mother screaming in the early hours of the morning about two weeks ago. When he went outside, he saw the child’s mother holding the girl. “She said her girl was very, very sick,” he added.
“She was a beautiful girl. That’s what hurts me the most. It’s very, very odd,” Amosa said about the death.
Police said that the investigation is on its early stages. They are currently conducting interviews and notifying the child’s family.