Baby dies. Information blackout.

This particular case has been weird from the get-go.  I decided to not share my opinion about it until more information was released.  So far, none has.

But isn’t the part that is public getting totally surreal?  We have two parents and a babysitter.  It is treated as a homicide.  They are not looking for anyone else.

Yet the parents are all over Social Media…

The parents of the 1-year-old girl at the centre of a homicide inquiry have paid tribute to her, describing her as “our little miracle”.

Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand, who was born in New Zealand and is of Indian decent, died at Christchurch Hospital at 8.30pm on Wednesday, with her parents, Anjani and Dev, by her bedside.

She was admitted to hospital on Tuesday night suffering serious head injuries, sparking a major police investigation. She was taken to the hospital by her regular babysitter with help from a neighbour.

Mr and Mrs Chand today posted a moving tribute to Aaliyah, who had just days earlier celebrated her first birthday.

“No matter what you said or did, one look at that cute face and you were off the hook. No one could ever stay mad at you. Rarely ever did you fuss or cry,” the tribute read.

“You learned how to say mama; it was so special to me. No matter how much they made fun of it, I didn’t care because you knew my name and called me it constantly.

“Seeing your little smile, even if it was just one look, and even the coldest heart would be warmed. Just one look, that’s all it took. No matter if you were young or old, short or tall, she’d love you with no problem at all.

“I never imagined what life would be without you here, so why did life have to play out this way?”

The tribute tells of the emotion in seeing her in a casket, looking “so peaceful just like you were sleeping”.

“I know I must be strong, not for me but for everyone else. Without you here none of us know what to do. You were taken from our lives way too fast. Come back please, our little Munni, we miss you.

“You were our little miracle, but now you are our angel in the sky watching over each one of us. Love from Anjani & Dev, Isabel, Anisha, Ishaan and Avishek.”

Police are awaiting the results of a post mortem that was carried out yesterday. “This is a tragic time for the family,” Detective Senior Sergeant Anderson said.

Detectives and forensic teams have completed their examination of the babysitter’s property on Worcester St and the parents’ address in Addington. “We are not in a position to release any more information relating to this active investigation at this time.”

I’ve got this sick feeling deep down that if the parents are involved, their “PR” campaign is perverse.

I hope the police manage to get to the point where they can either charge someone or downgrade it from he homicide, because parents of a dead baby framing the story in the absence of any other information is just … uncomfortable.


– Kurt Bayer, NZME

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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