Tauranga Police have arrested two people today in relation to the homicide of five-year-old Malachi Subecz.
Malachi was found with injuries at a Te Puna property on November 1 and treated in Tauranga Hospital.
He was subsequently airlifted to Starship Hospital in Auckland, where he died on November 12.
A 27-year-old Te Puna woman has been charged with willfully ill-treating a child, and a 37 year old Tauranga woman has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, says Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Rawlinson.
Both women appeared briefly in Tauranga District Court today and are due to reappear tomorrow.
The homicide investigation is ongoing, and police would still like to hear from anyone who has interacted with Malachi over the last two to three months, says Rawlinson.
Police are calling for anyone with information to contact 105 and quote file number 211001/6453.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.