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Father denies wrongdoing in death of 10-month-old Te Kuiti baby

Mustafa Maheir Mukzameel Ali nwes
Image – Social Media.

A young father from Waikato at the centre of a tragic incident involving his 10-month-old son, claims his innocence, telling legacy media he was attempting to save his child’s life, not end it.

Mustafa Maheir Mukzameel Ali was found unconscious and brought to Te Kūiti Hospital on Saturday afternoon. Despite efforts to resuscitate him the baby could not be revived. A homicide investigation commenced the following day.

Mukzameel Ali, 22, recounted to Stuff that he was alone with his ailing son when the baby appeared to choke on his vomit. Ali said he administered back and bottom pats and tried CPR in an attempt to save his son.

“I was doing everything I could to help my son,” Ali stated. “He was my world, and I loved him deeply. I did everything in my power.”

Ali explained that he was the only person at home during the incident, as his wife was attending a birthday party. The family had recently returned from Fiji, and Mustafa had been unwell since their return, with his condition deteriorating on Saturday. He became lethargic and began vomiting, leading to choking, Ali said.

Upon his wife’s return, the couple rushed their baby to the hospital, where doctors’ CPR efforts unfortunately failed.

Ali also revealed that Mustafa had previously been in Oranga Tamariki’s care following an accident where he and his son fell down the stairs, resulting in fractures to the infant’s collarbone and ribs, along with head and neck injuries.

Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley mentioned that an initial examination indicated the baby had sustained violent, blunt-force trauma.

Rachel Leota, Deputy Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki’s service delivery, stated that the agency was notified of the incident on Sunday and is assisting the police in uncovering the circumstances leading to the tragedy.

Police are actively questioning locals to piece together the events that led to Mustafa’s injuries. “We are collaborating with the community to understand this child’s life and the severe injuries he suffered,” Pitkethley said.

A post-mortem examination will reveal the full extent of the baby’s injuries. Pitkethley acknowledged the community’s shock and grief, stating, “The death of any child is a profound loss for the community, and we know many in Te Kūiti will be deeply affected.”

Police are urging anyone with information related to the case to contact them via the 105 phone service, referencing file number 240608/8263.

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  1. Here we go again. Even in the photo you can see the baby leaning away from his tomenter, looking anxiously at someone off camera.
    Fifty eight of these deaths in eight years. This one is number fifty nine. Baby Ru long forgotten and all the other little ones who died violent deaths simply swept down the memory hole.
    And this lying, hypocrite trots out the usual tripe ‘I was doing everything I could to help my son…He was my world, and I loved him deeply.’
    Why don’t the police just put these sadists who love beating up on babies in front of a judge and jury and let due process decide what really happened – instead of going round the community making enquiries and contacting this one and that one and asking the public at large for information until months have passed and and it is no longer newsworthy and becomes yet just another ‘unfortunate incident’.

  2. Yeah…🐄 💩

    With excuses so thin, this young man might have a bright career in politics ahead of him.

    Can’t wait to see the sympathetic, pandering Judge and the MASSIVE kid gloves they handle him with over the next few months. The baby who died will just be lost in the judicial details somewhere along the way, same as every other criminal trial in NZ.


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