“A lot of information has been gathered and the team are currently reviewing all of that material… to give us a full assessment to be able to put ourselves in a position, at some stage, with a goal of being able to charge those responsible.”
The toddler died from blunt force trauma to the head, either from a hard surface or object, Pritchard said.
It’s not known what caused his injuries, nor how many of the three people present were involved in inflicting them.
Officers were unable to arrest the three individuals as there was not enough evidence against them, Pritchard said, and they were not obstructing the investigation – but he added none seemed to have told the whole truth.
“I believe all three have knowledge of what happened that morning,” he said.
“They don’t have to talk to the police. We have engaged with all of the persons of interest, some have been interviewed more than others… we’re not satisfied that we have received a truthful account – a full truthful account – from anyone that was inside that property.”
Detectives were waiting for forensic testing results from items taken from the house and a postmortem examination. Pritchard said he could not confirm whether that included the item behind the blunt force injury.
He said detectives were also still trying to understand why a narrow piece of material was around the toddler’s neck when he was brought to the hospital and who put it there.
Detectives were still appealing for sightings of a grey-green 1994 Nissan Sentra, registration TE6972, that had been driven to and from the house three times after Baby Ru was taken to the hospital before officers arrived at the address.
Baby Ru’s family applied to register his name as Nga Reo Te Huatahi Reremoana Ahipene-Wall, the NZ Herald reported. His birth was not registered as his name was rejected by the Department of Internal Affairs, the Herald said.