A Hamilton man accused of murdering his infant son can now be
Charlie Lackner, 33, of Hamilton East, appeared in the High
Court at Hamilton this morning to face a charge of murdering
his 8-month-old son Cassius Takiari.
He has entered a not guilty plea.
Police initially charged Lackner with assaulting the child,
whom a neighbour said was his son, following an incident at
their house on June 15.
The baby boy, a twin, was admitted to Waikato Hospital that
day with head injuries but was later moved to Starship
Children's Hospital and died the following night.
Lackner will reappear in September for a bail application.
- James Ihaka of the New Zealand Herald