The grandfather of a Riverton baby who died after receiving
serious injuries in January is charged with kidnapping the
boy's father at gunpoint and threatening to assault him.
The baby died in Starship Hospital in Auckland on January 15.
Police were told he had been injured in a fall at his home
two days earlier.
Yesterday a 49-year-old Riverton man appeared in the
Invercargill District Court on four charges relating to an
incident on March 18.
He was jointly charged with a 27-year-old Blenheim woman. She
appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.
He was remanded without plea to reappear on May 30. Police
would not elaborate yesterday on the March incident, saying
the matter was now before the courts.
A police investigation into the baby's death began on January
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman, of Invercargill, said
yesterday the investigation was continuing and no-one had
been charged with any offence.