Police have confirmed the death of a child in Tauranga last week is now being treated as a homicide, following the medical examinations and post mortem results.
Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow says a 17-month-old girl was taken to Tauranga hospital from an address in Maungatapu Road with critical injuries on Wednesday, March 27.
"Sadie-Leigh Gardner sadly died in Starship Hospital two days later, on Friday 29 March.
"Police are continuing to speak to her family, who are cooperating with Police fully."
The police are appealing for information from the public to assist with their enquiries to contact them on (07) 577 4300.
Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.