Police are examining the home where the body of a young child was discovered this morning.
A post mortem on the three-year-old girl, believed to be from Malaysia, was carried out late this afternoon.
Her mother was taken to hospital for medical treatment with superficial injuries.
For Evelyn Sen and her three-year-old daughter Maggie, there were once happier times; neighbours say she had lived in Onehunga since around the time of Maggie's birth.
The neighbours say Evelyn and the girl's father had divorced and he wasn't around.
Des Gilmore hosted Maggie's third birthday party, and while Evelyn took Maggie on a three-month trip to her homeland of Malaysia, he kept an eye on their house.
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