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‘Inconsistencies’ in parents’ stories: police

Police have named the 10-month-old boy at the center of a homicide investigation in Waikato and revealed the boy was already known from a previous “non-accidental injury”.

Case lead detective Te Kūiti also alleged “inconsistencies” with statements given to police by the baby’s parents about injuries suffered before his death.

The baby has been named Mustafa Ali.

The post-mortem examination of the boy’s body was expected to last “several” days longer “due to the nature and extent of” his injuries.

Mustafa was taken unconscious to Te Kūiti Hospital on Saturday afternoon, with what police initially described as “violent blunt force trauma” and “non-accidental” injuries.

Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley today gave an update on the homicide investigation at Hamilton Central Police Station.

“The child’s mother and the child’s father are speaking with us. I personally have some concerns regarding the inconsistencies with the statement.”

Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley

He added: “We have some inconsistencies with some of the statements we are receiving regarding what appear to be Mustafa’s injuries.”

The father of the 10-month-old baby denied involvement in his son’s death in a media interview published today.

The 22-year-old told Stuff his story about the moments before his son was rushed to hospital.

Baby Mustafa Ali

Pitkethley responded to the reports when asked during the press conference.

“I am aware of those statements that have been printed in the media regarding this, but I am not willing to comment further as the investigation progresses.”

Police at Te Kūiti estate at the center of a homicide investigation.

Meanwhile, the detective also revealed that the boy was previously known to police for another “non-accidental injury”, which allegedly occurred around October last year.

“Mustafa Ali is known to the police for a non-accidental injury that has already been investigated,” he said.

“Police were notified in or around October, and the investigation has been ongoing since then with a number of reviews.”

He said last year’s incident was “now critical” to the current police investigation.

“Non-accidental injuries to children are one of the most complex cases our detectives and investigators can work on, for a number of reasons, and that complexity is present in this case as well.”

Baby’s family known to social workers – official

Oranga Tamariki deputy executive director of service delivery Rachel Leota said today the agency had “previous involvement with the family in Te Kūiti”.

“As this matter is the subject of an active police investigation, we cannot go into further detail. Oranga Tamariki continues to assist police in trying to understand the circumstances that led to this death,” it said in a statement this afternoon.

On Sunday, Detective Pitkethley said police were “speaking to members of the family, including his parents” during the homicide investigation, dubbed Operation Orwell.

“Since the boy’s death, police have been speaking to members of the family, including his parents. They are working with us to establish what happened in this boy’s life and how he came to be so seriously injured,” he said at the time. .

Officers carried out a scene examination of the Te Kūiti address over the weekend, which was placed under police surveillance on the day the baby was taken to hospital.

A neighbor told 1News he heard “hysterical screams” and commotion during the incident that began Saturday afternoon.

Te Kūiti Hospital (archive image).

Pitkethley said hospital staff were the first to alert police about the baby’s condition.

He said on Sunday: “Tragically, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he could not be revived. “We believe these injuries were not accidental.

“The full extent of his injuries will be determined through an autopsy, but the outcome will not be known for some time.

“Police do not intend to release details of specific injuries at this time.”

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