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NZ father admits to murdering his own four-week-old baby girl after she died of brain injury

Dad admits to murdering his own four-week-old baby girl after she died of brain damage

  • Jahcey Ngahere pleads guilty to manslaughter of a four-week-old daughter
  • Newborn Maree Takuira-Mita Ngahere was found dead in Kaitaia’s house last February
  • Postmortem revealed that the baby died of a brain injury and bleeding in her brain
  • Baby’s father was arrested and charged a month later after a murder investigation
  • Ngahere, 23, remains in police custody and will be sentenced on August 17

A young father remains behind bars after admitting to murdering his newborn daughter last year.

23-year-old Jahcey Ngahere pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he appeared before the Supreme Court in Whangārei via a video link on Thursday.

He also pleaded guilty to an allegation of a murder threat and an allegation of sexual assault against another child in separate incidents, Stuff reported.

Newborn Maree Takuira-Mita Ngahere (pictured) died of a brain injury and bleeding in her brain last February. Severe bruises were also found on an arm and thigh

Newborn Maree Takuira-Mita Ngahere (pictured) died of a brain injury and bleeding in her brain last February. Severe bruises were also found on an arm and thigh

Ngahere’s baby daughter Maree Takuira-Mita Ngahere was found dead on February 19 last year in a Kaitaia home in New Zealand’s Far North district, one day shy of four weeks old.

Police started an investigation into murder cases after a post-mortem finding that the newborn died of brain damage and bleeding in her brain.

The baby girl also had severe bruises on one arm and thigh.

“We want to know what happened to our mokopuna,” said a family spokesman at the time.

Jahcey Ngahere (photo in court last June) has pleaded guilty to manslaughter

Jahcey Ngahere (photo in court last June) has pleaded guilty to manslaughter

Jahcey Ngahere (photo in court last June) has pleaded guilty to manslaughter

Her birth certificate states that she was born to a 26-year-old mother and Ngahere.

“Daddy’s little big girl loves you, my dear,” he posted on Facebook at the time of his daughter’s birth.

Ngahere was arrested and charged a month after the baby’s death.

His name was initially suppressed before a court lifted the order to suppress.

Ngahere got its first strike under New Zealand’s three-strike law on Thursday.

He remains behind bars and is sentenced on August 17.

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