Father accused of killing baby son named

A Hamilton man accused of murdering his infant son can now be named.

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

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