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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Attribute to Detective Inspector Warrick Adkin, Counties Manukau CIB:

Counties Manukau Police have charged two people in relation to the suspicious death of two-year-old Arapera Fia.

A man and a woman were arrested yesterday as a result of extensive enquiries by officers from Counties Manukau CIB following Arapera’s tragic death on 1 November, 2021.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with Murder and a 21-year-old woman has been charged with Manslaughter.

Both are due to appear in the Manukau District Court this morning.

Detective Inspector Warrick Adkin says Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to Arapera’s death.

“I want to acknowledge the hard work and perseverance by the investigation team that has resulted in these arrests. 

“Investigations involving the suspicious deaths of children have a profound effect on the whānau and our wider community. Often these investigations can be impeded by members of the whānau failing to come forward with information or cooperating with Police.

“I want to acknowledge Arapera’s whānau who have cooperated and assisted Police throughout this investigation. I also want to acknowledge those within our community who came forward with information.

“We all have a responsibility to protect our most vulnerable to prevent these tragedies.”  

As the matter is before the courts, Police are not in a position to comment further.

ENDS

Nick Baker/NZ Police

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