Ba­bies’ deaths probed

The Southland Times - - National -

The deaths of two in­fant sib­lings 14 months apart are sus­pi­cious, po­lice have con­firmed. How­ever, a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion ap­pears to have stalled and the coro­ner will likely de­ter­mine what hap­pened to the 2-month-old girl and her 6-week-old brother. The ba­bies both lived at a prop­erty their par­ents rented in Can­ter­bury. The girl died in May 2015. Her brother died in March 2014. Stuff has cho­sen not to name those in­volved. Po­lice pre­vi­ously said the cir­cum­stances of the deaths were sim­i­lar. In both cases, the chil­dren’s mother, aged in her 20s, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors she put them to bed in the morn­ing af­ter they were fed. A short time later she went to check on them and found they had stopped breath­ing. The woman’s part­ner was not home at the time. This week, De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Greg Mur­ton said there were con­cerns about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing both deaths.

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