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Man charged with murder of Kaitaia four-week-old appears in court, granted name suppression

A 22-year-old man has appeared in the Kaitaia District Court charged with the murder of a four-week-old baby girl.

Maree Takuira Mita Ngahere. Source: Supplied

Maree Ngahere suffered serious head injuries and had bruising to one arm and thigh.

She died on February 21.

A Kaiatia man is accused of her murder. 

He was granted name suppression and entered no plea, and was remanded in custody to reappear at the high court in Whangārei later in the month.

Relatives of the dead baby were in court, including her mother.

The accused made no eye contact with them.

He has also been charged with assaulting a one-year-old boy.