A 3-year-old girl died after being hit in the head with a golf club at a property outside Christchurch, reported Stuff.
Emergency services were called to a house in Rolleston about 4pm yesterday.
Police said the girl was playing with an older sibling when she was hurt.
When medics arrived she had a serious injury and was transported to Christchurch Hospital, Superintendent Lane Todd said.
“Unfortunately she passed away while being treated in hospital a couple of hours after her arrival,” he said.
The girl’s death has been referred to the Coroner.
The family are “devastated” at the tragic accident, a family friend said today.
The parents at their Rolleston home in a quiet cul-de-sac were too upset to speak.
Many friends and family have been coming and going today.
One friend said they were “a lovely family”.
“There was always lots of fun and laughter… I doubt that it’ll ever be the same,” said the friend.
“It’s just so very tragic. Too much to handle, really.”
“The girl’s death is not being treated as suspicious and was a tragic accident,” said Mr. Todd.
“Police understand that she was playing with her 7-year-old sibling at the time of the incident. Police will not elaborate on the exact circumstances of this incident as this will form part of the ongoing Coronial Investigation.”
“On behalf of Canterbury Police and the members of the emergency services that responded to the address yesterday I would like to pass on our sincere condolences to her family,” he said.
“This incident is even more devastating given that the festive season and summer break are a month away.”
St John Ambulance spokesman told The New Zealand Herald they were alerted to an incident at a Rolleston property at 4.10pm yesterday.