Homicide investigation launched after baby's death

Northland Police have launched a homicide investigation after the death of a five-month-old baby boy in Whangarei.

Police were called to an address by Ambulance staff yesterday evening at around 8:30pm.

"Sadly, the baby died at the scene," says Detective Inspector Dene Begbie.

Police arrested a 28-year-old man at the address and he has been charged with Assault on a Child.

"Our investigation remains ongoing and we cannot rule out the possibility of further charges being laid.

"The man will appear in Whangarei District Court this morning.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the family during this difficult time."