Teenager faces murder charges

Staff Reporter

The Canterbury Police have charged a young Fijian-Indian woman with murder following an investigation into the death of baby Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand on January 7, 2015.

The 18-year-old woman was caring for Aaliyah at a Worcester Street address on January 6, 2015, before taking her to the Christchurch Hospital with the assistance of a neighbour.

Baby Aaliyah passed away in the Hospital ICU at approximately 830 pm on January 7,  with her parents by her bedside.

The woman appeared in the Christchurch District Court on January 14, 2015.

Police investigations are continuing.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Anderson, who led the investigation, said that Baby Aaliyah’s death was ‘an utter tragedy’ for the family.

“Her death has also affected the wider community and the team investigating this incident.  Canterbury Police will continue to support Aaliyah’s family through the court process,” he said.

Police were unable to comment further as the matter is now before the Court.

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