Man charged with murdering Tauranga toddler

A man is facing a murder charge after the death a Tauranga toddler earlier this year.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow said a 39-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of Sadie-Leigh Gardner.

The 17-month-old was taken to Auckland's Starship Hospital from Tauranga with serious head injuries following an incident at a property in Maungatapu Rd on March 27 this year.

She died two days later.

The man was due to appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow.