Police investigating the death of toddler Maggie Watson believe her death was not an accident.
Results from a second post-mortem exam have been disclosed to police, leading them to the conclusion that one or more people may be responsible for her death.
Detective Inspector Hayden Mander said, “Those results, combined with a number of discussions with various experts, lead us to the conclusion that another person or people were involved in Maggie’s tragic death.”
An initial post-mortem exam was carried out, but results were inconclusive.
Maggie Renee Watson, aged four, was found dead during the early hours of Friday, August 7, after police were called to her home in Onehunga, Auckland.
A woman now revealed to be her mother was removed from the property by ambulance shortly after police arrived and has since received medical treatment. She remains in hospital care.
The circumstances surrounding Maggie’s death remain a mystery, but an article posted in the New Zealand Herald cites that chemicals or drugs may have been a factor.
Her grandfather Clifford Sen told the Herald on Sunday that police informed him that a homicide investigation had been launched after the second autopsy.
“I asked about the autopsy result and [police] told me the toxicology results had come in and they’re now treating it as a homicide,” said Clifford Sen.
The investigation into Maggie’s death is ongoing.
“We have carried out a considerable number of inquiries over the past three weeks, and the investigation is ongoing,” says Detective Inspector Hayden Mander.