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Woman faces murder charge after deaths of two children in New Zealand



A woman has been charged with murder after two children were found dead at a property in a small town on New Zealand's North Island on Monday.

A 25-year-old woman appeared in the Whangārei District Court on Tuesday, charged with two counts of murder.

On Monday morning, a homicide investigation was launched.

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Police were called to a property in Peter Snell Road in the Northland town of Ruakākā at about 6.25am where two children, aged 1 and 4, were found dead, Detective Inspector Bridget Doell, from Northland CIB said.

Stuff understands police were called to the property by a woman.

Doell said this is an incredibly distressing situation for the family involved, along with first responders and police who attended.

"Police and Victim Support has been working closely to support all those involved in this tragic event.

"Police will continue to support the Ruakākā community through this understandably difficult time, and there will be an increased police presence in the area for the next few days," she said.

Peter Snell Road remained closed on Tuesday morning, as police continued forensic investigations.

"As the matter is now before the court, police are unable to comment further on specifics around the case."

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Homicide investigation after two children were found dead in Ruakākā, Northland, New Zealand on Monday, May 15, 2023.

Jeff Murray of Kāinga Ora's – Homes and Communities confirmed the incident had happened at one of the agency's homes in Ruakākā.

"(We were) very sad to learn this morning of what police are describing as a sudden death incident at one of our properties," Murray said.

Ruakākā is a small, seaside town north of Waipu and south of Marsden Point.

This article initially appeared on Stuff and is republished here with permission.

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