Police are treating the death of a 9-year-old boy in Raetihi
as suspicious after prescription drugs were found in his
Results of tests on Antony Herewini-Christensen were only
initial findings and police were not in a position to say
what caused his death, Detective Senior Sergeant Keith
Borrell said yesterday.
Antony was found dead at his home on December 7.
Police were still interviewing Antony's family, who Mr
Borrell said had been helpful.
"However, we still want to hear from anyone who may have some
information on his last movements. If you know something
don't discount it. Please speak up," he said.
Duncan Metekingi, Antony's great-uncle, said the boy's sudden
death had rocked the small town.
"This is not something that happens here, you know. There
have been police everywhere since it happened. There are
detectives as well as ordinary policemen up and down the
Mr Metekingi, who lives two doors down from Antony's home,
said the little boy had been complaining of a stomach ache
about 10pm the night before he died.
Antony had a 5-year-old brother and two older sisters in
their early 20s, he said.
He said Antony's mother was no longer at the house.
Mr Metekingi said that in all the years he'd lived in
Raetihi, he had never known anything like this and never seen
so many police.
"And I hope I never do again...this is terrible for all of
us. Everyone is very unhappy. It's a sad time and a little
boy is dead."
- By Lin Ferguson of the Wanganui Chronicle