Southland baby dies after suspected fall

NICOLE MATHEWSON AND COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 10:39 15/01/2014
Riverton house
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FATAL FALL: Police at a Riverton home where a three-month-old baby was seriously injured on Monday night. The baby died in Auckland's Starship Hospital this morning.

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A Southland baby who suffered serious injuries at his home has died in Starship children's hospital this morning.

Emergency services called to the Riverton home at 7.25pm on Monday found a 3-month-old baby boy with serious injuries who was unresponsive. They were told the baby had fallen.

"Tragically the baby died early this morning as a result of the injuries," Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman said.

Police were investigating the baby's death on behalf of the coroner and to determine whether there was criminal culpability.

Bowman said the event was a tragedy and police extended their sympathies to the family involved.

About six police staff and an ESR team were continuing a forensic examination at the Havelock St home to find out how the baby was hurt.

Riverton Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Helen Bull said Riverton firefighters, who were first on the scene, found the baby unconscious on the lounge floor.

"As soon as we arrived we started to perform CPR," she said.

An ambulance arrived soon after.

Two firefighters went in the ambulance with the baby to meet another ambulance on the way to Southland Hospital.

"We got a pulse close to the hospital," she said.

The baby was later flown to Starship children's hospital in Auckland.

Neighbours spoken to said they did not see the people who lived in the house very often.

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