Baby's throat was cut
The Invercargill baby rushed to hospital early on Monday morning with life-threatening injuries is understood to have had her throat slashed.
Inspector Olaf Jensen, of Invercargill, said he was unable to comment on the nature of the injuries and would not confirm the cause.
"We won't be making any comment there."
The parents of Noklair Milton were at their Princes St, Invercargill, home at the time of the attack. Police have said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.
Noklair has spent the past two nights in the Starship children's hospital paediatric intensive care unit in Auckland.
A hospital spokesperson would not be drawn on whether she was stable, repeating, "she's critical".
A police officer had to drive Noklair to hospital because her injuries were so severe both ambulance officers were needed to work on her en route, police said.
Noklair was taken to Southland Hospital on Monday morning, after police were called to the house. She was transferred to Starship children's hospital that afternoon.
Jensen said Noklair's father, David Milton, went with his daughter in the ambulance while her mother, Sucharitta Milton, travelled to Southland Hospital with police.
Jensen would not say whether the parents were injured.
"The child and the father were definitely taken to the hospital by ambulance and, given the nature of the child's injuries, the policeman drove the ambulance to the hospital."
The criminal investigation was expected to take "weeks as opposed to days", he said.
He would not comment further on the incident because it was under investigation.
St John Southern Lakes district operations manager Pauline Buchanan said it was not uncommon for police or firefighters to drive ambulance vehicles when a patient was "significantly unwell".
It happened, on average about 12 times a year in her lower South Island district, but only when the ambulance officers had "explored all other options", she said.
When two people were injured at the same scene, the officers would "more often then not transfer them together", but she would not comment as to whether the father was injured or simply accompanying his daughter.
Given the nature of the incident, St John was supporting its staff, she said.
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