4yo boy remains critical after Papatoetoe deaths

Police say a four-year-old boy remains in hospital in a critical condition as the investigation into the Papatoetoe deaths continues.

Police officers remain present at the property on Sunnyside Crescent where the bodies of two people were found on Monday.

"Police attended the address and located the body of a woman inside a bedroom," a police spokesperson said yesterday.

"A child was also located in the room with critical injuries and he has been transported to Starship Hospital.

"A further search of the address revealed the body of a man who was located deceased inside the property's garage."

Post mortems are taking place for both of the dead today and the scene examination continues.

Police believe the deceased are known to each other.

The next-door neighbours told Newshub the victims were a tight-knit Indian family, with a mother, father and young boy aged around four.

They saw the child being taken away on a stretcher yesterday, with cuts and lacerations to his head. They said he looked lifeless.

The neighbours said he was a high-energy boy, who always kept his mother very busy. They had just been watching the boy play with all his new Christmas toys this week in the backyard.

This news is "way too close to home", one told Newshub.

Detective Inspector Colin Higson from Counties Manukau Police says police acknowledge that this is a tragic incident that has shocked many people in the community.

"Police are supporting the families of those involved who are understandably devastated at what has occurred," he says in a statement on Tuesday.

"We have spoken to a number of people as part of our ongoing enquiries and we want to thank the local community for their assistance with our investigation.

"I want to reiterate that Police are not seeking anyone else in relation to this event."

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