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Unsolved toddler death probe ongoing

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

A police investigation into the unsolved death of a Southland toddler continues, despite a report the main suspect has left the country.

Two-year-old Bea Daleon died in hospital in 2012 of a skull fracture and her baby sitter Karen De Luna - who was home alone with Bea at the time of the incident - has fled to the Philippines, Fairfax Media reported.

Acting Southland area commander Inspector Mike Bowman says the inquiry into Bea's death is "very much open" and police are working to build evidence.

"While we are not going to comment further on specific individuals who may relevant to our inquiries, what we can say is that we remain committed to bringing the person responsible for Bea's death to justice and finding answers for her family."

The case was complex and involved making enquiries both in New Zealand and overseas, he said.

"We are also continuing to liaise through Interpol with the relevant international authorities as part of our inquiries."

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