Stuff co.nz 19 September 2020
Family First Comment: And THIS is why we should remove the right to silence for child abuse cases (as we have been calling on for years!)…
“Four months after baby Sofia died, key members of the whānau who were there at the time are still refusing to speak up, police say.”
Nearly four months on from the killing of baby Sofia Taueki-Jackson at her Auckland home, some close whānau are still refusing to help investigators, police say.
No arrests have been made in the homicide investigation and Detective Inspector Tofilau Fa’amanuia Va’aelua, of Counties Manukau, said anyone who cared about the 14-month-old should speak up now.
His appeal comes as police reveal new information about the baby’s death at her mother Phyllis Taueki’s state house in Flat Bush Rd, Clover Park, late on Saturday May 23.
Va’aelua said the investigation established Sofia died from what a neuropathologist professor described as a “catastrophic head injury”.
Her injuries were deliberately inflicted and caused her death, he said.
Investigators had spoken with some of Sofia’s extended whānau, who were supportive of police finding who killed Sofia.
But others, who were at the house when the baby suffered her fatal injuries, remain uncooperative.
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