Press Release – New Zealand Police
Waikato Police are crediting the tenacity of their investigation team and the support of local agencies and the community for the arrest of a man in relation to a nine-month-old homicide case.Arrest in historic Waikato child homicide
Waikato Police are crediting the tenacity of their investigation team and the support of local agencies and the community for the arrest of a man in relation to a nine-month-old homicide case.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene of the Waikato CIB said a 21 year old man was arrested and will appear in the Hamilton District Court today on a charge of murder in relation to the death of six-month-old Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington, who died in Starship Hospital in Auckland, after being injured in her home in Ngaruawahia, last April.
“To get to the point where we have sufficient evidence to bring this matter before the courts highlights the hard work and long hours put in by an investigation team who always remained focused on doing what is right for a little girl, whose life ended so tragically.”
“Today’s arrest is also testament to the local Ngaruawahia community who very early on in the piece made it very clear they were not going to tolerate violence towards children and young folk on their back door step, and rallied behind police. It also vindicates the very strong relationship Waikato Police have with Child Youth and Family whose assistance in this case, from start to finish, has been invaluable.”
Mr Greene said while the arrest was a major milestone for the investigation team there was still plenty of work to be done and Police would not be able to make any further comment today.
“I would just like to say at this point that this is a very good example of how serious Police view incidents of child abuse and would urge anyone with any knowledge of abuse going on to speak up.
“It’s a case of see something do something, and as a community we can make a difference. Look after your kids, love them and protect them. ”