3 News 15 January 2012
The death of a two-month-old triplet has sparked a homicide investigation in Whanganui. Hinekawa Topia’s parents drove her to Wanganui Hospital shortly before 1pm on Thursday. She was not breathing and resuscitation attempts by her father and hospital staff were unsuccessful, police say. The hospital called police at 1.20pm. A post-mortem examination has revealed Hinekawa died of non-accidental head injuries.
…The Family First Organisation says there have been 10 suspicious child deaths in the past 17-months and that it is time for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into child abuse.
WATCH Family First’s Bob McCoskrie on 3 News repeating their call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into child abuse
CCTV Footage aids baby death investigation
Dominion Post 16 January 2012
Police are to use CCTV footage to assist them in a homicide investigation after the death of a two-month-old baby girl in Whanganui. Hinekawa Topia was driven to Wanganui Hospital by her parents, understood to be Tiffany Topia and Tom McGregor, on Thursday afternoon. She died after resuscitation attempts by her father and hospital staff proved unsuccessful. A later autopsy concluded that Hinekawa suffered a head injury that was non-accidental….
Family First New Zealand national director Bob McCoskrie said the death of Hinekawa and another 10 child abuse deaths in the past 17 months was shocking. The problem was so serious that it called for a non-political commission of inquiry to be set up into the issue, similar to those for the Pike River deaths and the Christchurch earthquake, he said. “The ongoing rates of child abuse are a wake-up call that children will never be safe until we are honest enough as a country to identify and tackle the root causes of child abuse. An independent inquiry free of political correctness and point-scoring is essential.”