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Another Maori baby dead from ‘non-accidental injuries’.

Hinekawa Topia, with her sisters. It is unclear which of the three is Hinekawa.

Hinekawa Topia, a two-month old triplet, died in Wanganui Hospital on Thursday after resuscitation attempts by her father and hospital staff proved unsuccessful. A later autopsy concluded that she suffered a head injury that was non-accidental.

Two homes under guard as baby death investigated.

A house in South Taranaki is one of two homes under police guard as homicide detectives investigate the death of a two-month old triplet. Hinekawa Topia died in Whanganui Hospital on Thursday after resuscitation attempts by her father and hospital staff proved unsuccessful.

A later autopsy concluded that she suffered a head injury that was non-accidental. A funeral for the baby took place yesterday. The two surviving triplets and a five-year-old boy had been admitted to hospital as a precaution to be medically assessed and remain in Child, Youth and Family custody.

Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong said police would speak to several people because Hinekawa had recently stayed at both the family home and with extended whanau.

“We fully acknowledge the sensitivities of cases such as this and it is important that people do not leap to conclusions and start pointing fingers prematurely. We have to be thorough and meticulous and work closely with medical professionals, the pathologist and Hinekawa’s family. That process will take time and should not be rushed.”

On Thursday two houses were put under police guard, one in Whanganui and one in South Taranaki, while scene examinations were undertaken. Police would not say where in South Taranaki the house was. Police were also using CCTV footage to assist them, but would not comment on the nature of the footage.

Family First New Zealand national director Bob McCoskrie said the death of Hinekawa and another 10 child-abuse deaths in the past 17 months was shocking.

The problem was so serious that it called for a non-political commission of inquiry to be set up, similar to those into the Pike River deaths and the Christchurch earthquake, he said.

“The ongoing rates of child abuse are a wake-up call that children will never be safe until we are honest enough as a country to identify and tackle the root causes of child abuse. “An independent inquiry free of political correctness and point-scoring is essential. We need long-term solutions to a problem that has existed for far too long.”

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  1. Jude Humphrey
    January 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    When are those people who need to make changes going to do something…. I am the biological mother of 7 children and a foster mum to 10 newborns over 15 years with cyfs NZ
    I find it astonishing that this abuse is allowed to continue and our so called piece of Paradise, HUH what a joke, our children are dying, what the hell is going on here.
    Our government seems more interested in sporting events etc than in the dirty BIG secret of the killing of our children. How difficult would it be for them to spend the money, on organisations such as Plunket, Parent Help lines, and the employment of other services to monitor our babies from birth until these providers consider it necessary to ensure the Physiological and emotional needs of our young people is being met. Each childs needs individually assessed so that all the services, interventions and provisions for family and child are being addressed. For the goodie goods, i believe that if you have no fear of your parenting abilities than you will only see the good sense in having these services in place to protect all children of New Zealand.

  2. Jude Humphrey
    January 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    sorry but i also have to add to the lady on tvnz news tonight from the Multiple Birth association…your input was just plain rediculous, we all know exactly how hard being a parent to one let alone multiple birth babies is, but for goodness sake dont try and justify this horrendous addition to our appalling and disgusting statistics of child abuse in NZ, do something and get out there and open your eyes beyond your little middle class, white world and realise HOW BAD it is,

  3. smouch001
    January 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    and it goes on and on and on – What are we all doing about it?? When are the agencies going to get it right? Surely a mid wife or Plunket were visiting the home?? What did they see? This doesn’t just happen over night.

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