Witnesses have reported hearing a young child's harrowing screams after their mother was allegedly murdered in south Auckland on Monday night.
Police were called out at around 10pm to Noble Court in Flat Bush after reports that a woman was attacked.
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Neighbours told Newshub that around that time they heard the woman's five-year-old child screaming "mum, mum, mum!"
The 34-year-old victim was found unconscious with a number of serious wounds and died in Middlemore Hospital from her injuries.
The suspect contacted police alleging he was the offender and was found in Botany and brought back to the Manukau Police station. Detective Inspector Tofilau Faa Va'aelua says the alleged offender was known to the victim.
A neighbour told Newshub the woman, a solo mother, rented a flat with her child. He said that in the past few weeks two people who he believed were relatives of the woman had been staying with her.
He described relations between them and the woman as friendly, and he was devastated at the news the woman had died.
Other neighbours Newshub spoke to described the suburb as quiet, safe and friendly.
A police spokesperson said they are continuing to investigate the incident and a scene examination was being carried out.
"We also encourage anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information to contact Police."
The accused will appear in the Manukau District Court on Tuesday charged with murder.