A woman has been detained in New Zealand for the killing of a 2-year-old girl in NSW 30 years ago.

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After being detained over the death of a 2-year-old daughter in Australia more than 30 years ago, a woman appeared in court in Palmerston North.

On a murder charge, the lady now faces extradition to Australia.

She was arrested on Tuesday morning at her Palmerston North residence and appeared in the city’s district court that afternoon.

New South Wales police also on Tuesday arrested a 70-year-old man in the state’s Central Tablelands area for being an accessory after the fact to murder and misconduct with regard to corpses for the 1987 crime.

He was to appear in the Bathurst Local Court on Wednesday.

New South Wales police say they received information in 2019 about the girl’s death, in Oberon, central New South Wales.

“Detectives were told that the child was allegedly fatally assaulted by a woman known to her, in or around July 1987, at a rural property at Porters Retreat,” a police statement said.

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“The woman was then allegedly assisted by a man in disposing of the child’s remains.”

The man was arrested at a rural property at Porters Retreat, about 42km south of Oberon.

New South Wales police Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, the homicide squad commander, said the two arrests came after a thorough investigation.

“The level of violence allegedly used upon this child is abhorrent and left a father without his daughter or knowledge of her death for 34 years.

“The NSW Police Force will always thoroughly investigate new information relating to historical crimes and have worked tirelessly to ensure justice is finally served for this little girl,” he said.

Investigations are continuing.


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