A baby critically injured after a "violent" incident in
Invercargill this morning has been transferred to Starship
Children's Hospital in Auckland.
The newborn suffered life-threatening injuries, police said,
and remains in a critical condition.
Police and ambulance staff were called to a Princes St
address about 5.30am, and the injured baby was taken to
Police say the baby's parents were in the house at the time
and they are speaking with them about the incident.
Details of the nature of the newborn's injuries or how they
were caused are not being released at this stage.
A scene examination, with assistance from ESR, is expected to
take place over the next two or three days.
Neighbour Vona Tokona was stunned by the news.
"I didn't know anything until my carer came in this morning
to tell me their house was all taped off. A friend then rang
and told me it was all over the news and that the baby is
"It's a real shock, just dreadful.''
Mrs Tokona, 78, said the baby was the couple's first child.
"I just saw the baby on Friday when they brought her over to
see me on. She was healthy and doing well.''
She described the married couple as "very quiet, very nice
people'' who had lived at Princes St for more than four
He owned several properties locally, while she was originally
"We used to talk over the fence because she used to spend a
lot of time in the garden before she got pregnant. I just
can't believe it.''