4 May 2011

Hui into child deaths 'not helpful' during inquiry

4:19 pm on 4 May 2011

Police say plans to hold a hui in Ngaruawahia on how to prevent child deaths will not be helpful while an investigation into the death of a baby in the town continues.

Six-month-old Serenity Scott-Dinnington died last week in Auckland's Starship Hospital on 28 April from injuries described by police as non-accidental.

A local woman is arranging a public meeting for Thursday to talk about how to prevent child deaths, violence and other social issues.

Police say they have told the woman the hui will not be helpful while their inquiry is under way.

However, they have said the woman is entitled to organise the meeting and recognise that she has good intentions.

Police say a post-mortem has been completed but details are not being released at this stage.

The baby's body has been returned to her family and the funeral is expected to take place later this week.