Pinay nanny named suspect in toddler's death in NZ
A Filipina babysitter has been tagged as prime suspect in the mysterious death of a two-year-old girl whose skull was found fractured in New Zealand four years ago, reports said.
A report on Stuff said Karen De Luna was named by authorities as the main suspect in the death of Bea Deleon, the child of two Filipino dairy farmers who paid De Luna to look after their child in Southland in 2012.
A separate report on NZ Herald said De Luna was interviewed by the police shortly after Deleon's death but was allowed to return to the Philippines with her husband months later.
The reports said De Luna was taking care of Deleon when the child experienced a seizure. She was rushed to Invercargill Hospital where she died days later when her life support was switched off.
Police initially stated that De Luna died due to a "non-accidental head injury" and said the circumstances behind her death were suspicious but would not elaborate.
Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Stu Harvey, head of the investigation into Deleon's death, explained in an email to the child's parents that they could not force De Luna to return to New Zealand nor could they reach her.
New Zealand does not have an extradition treaty with the Philippines.
Deleon's parents, now residing in Australia, said they wanted to know "what really happened" to their child and if De Luna committed the crime. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News