17 Jan 2011

Man charged over baby's death

4:16 pm on 17 January 2011

A man has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a baby in Hastings.

Five-month-old Mikara Ranui Jarius Reti, of Flaxmere, was admitted to hospital last Tuesday and died that evening.

Police say a post-mortem was held the next day and further medical tests are being done.

The 21-year-old accused is in custody and was due to reappear in Hastings District Court on Tuesday.

Detectives say members of the baby's family have been co-operative and helpful during the investigation.