As stated by Inspector Mike Bowman, Area Commander, Southland.
Invercargill Police have launched a homicide investigation following the death of an 8-year-old in Otautau, Southland, yesterday.
Two Otautau addresses are currently under Police guard.
Police are speaking to a number of witnesses in relation to the incident.
We wish to reassure members of the public this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to their safety.