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A newborn baby girl found dead in Te Puke on Friday was born to a 17-year-old who had concealed her pregnancy, police say.
Senior Sergeant Rob Glencross, the officer in charge of the investigation, said the girl had hidden her pregnancy from her entire family.
He said "no medical support was sought" for the birth.
Police were to seek expert medical and legal advice to decide whether or not to lay charges.
The death is considered suspicious but police will not reveal the circumstances in which the baby girl is believed to have died. Officers were notified of the death after the baby's body was taken to Tauranga Hospital on Saturday.
They were told by family members that the baby had died early on Friday, soon after she was born.
Members of the baby's family were interviewed over the weekend, including her 17-year-old mother.
Sen Sgt Glencross said the family was co-operating fully and it could be weeks before a decision was made on charges.
A postmortem examination was carried out on the baby's body on Saturday.