As stated by Inspector Mike Bowman, Area Commander, Southland:
Police have arrested and charged a person with murder in relation to the death of an 8-year-old in Otautau, Southland.
They will appear in the Invercargill Youth Court this afternoon.
Police were called to the incident at 10.30pm yesterday.
A forensic examination is ongoing at two Otautau addresses.
This is a truly tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the child at this difficult time.