Weymouth toddler’s dying: Two defendants plead not responsible by their attorneys. Video / Hayden Woodward

Jurors could possibly be heard sniffling immediately within the homicide trial of Tyson Brown as prosecutors performed a haunting cellphone video the defendant took — then deleted two hours later — of 2-year-old Arapera Moana Aroha Fia one week earlier than her violent dying.

Within the brief footage, projected onto a big display throughout from the jury field within the Excessive Court docket at Auckland, the kid silently gazed into the digicam, tears forming in her massive brown eyes as she quietly whimpered.

Gashes had been clearly seen below her chin and proper eye.

On Oct 31, 2021, emergency responders would discover Arapera’s physique coated in bruises as she was rushed from her Weymouth, South Auckland residence to Starship hospital in essential situation. She died hours later as a result of a mind bleed attributable to blunt power trauma to her head.


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Brown was charged with homicide and the kid’s major caregiver, who continues to have identify suppression, was charged with manslaughter for failing in her responsibility to guard the kid. The girl pleaded responsible final week as an alternative of opting to affix Brown at trial. She is anticipated to testify towards him.

Prosecutors additionally performed for jurors immediately movies that the girl had taken, a few of which had been posted on social media. In a Tik Tok video posted on October 24, the kid had no obvious accidents. Within the caption, the girl paid tribute to the kid, proclaiming she would “defend you perpetually”.

However by October 27, a video discovered on her telephone confirmed the kid with the cuts to her head, in addition to bruising and swelling on her cheeks and proper leg, testified detective Sung-Kyu Hwang, who collated the footage.

In a Tik Tok video posted by the first caregiver on October 30, sooner or later earlier than Arapara’s deadly beating, the kid could possibly be seen standing immobile within the background because the caregiver sat on a chair and danced.


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Earlier immediately, flatmate Jacob Puri-Hansen advised jurors he felt so uneasy about noises he heard within the hours main as much as Arapera’s dying that he reached out to the kid’s father asking him to test on her.

“He’s a bitch,” Puri-Hansen texted Arapera’s father, referring to Brown. “Been yelling at [Arapera] and smashing shit.”

Puri-Hansen added a short while later: “Bro, ask [the child’s primary caregiver] if she’s okay, if she wants you to return.

“Simply be good to her and ask her if every part’s okay. Say, ‘Is … child okay? Should you want me to return and be there I’ll.’”

The daddy didn’t dwell on the Weymouth, South Auckland, property with Arapera. However Puri-Hansen lived in a sleepout on the property and Brown stayed there steadily with the kid’s major caregiver. The defendant had been identified with Covid-19 days earlier and all the family was in self-isolation.

The textual content trade got here after Puri-Hansen heard banging coming from the adjoining principal home the place Brown, the kid’s major caregiver and Arapera lived.

“It was occurring for fairly some time,” he testified immediately. “We simply heard an entire bunch of smashing and yelling and we had been anxious.”

Tyson Brown was charged with murder after the 2021 death of 2-year-old Arapera Fia.
Tyson Brown was charged with homicide after the 2021 dying of 2-year-old Arapera Fia.

The bangs had been accompanied by Brown yelling and Arapera crying, he recalled. At one level, he stated, he heard the kid’s major caregiver inform Brown to settle down. However the banging and yelling went on for over quarter-hour, he estimated.

“Don’t inform [the primary caregiver] or she’s going to kick me out of the home and I’ll have nowhere to go,” he texted the kid’s father at round 4pm after telling him in regards to the disconcerting noise.

Lower than two hours later, Brown could be looking Google for “easy methods to wake somebody up from being knocked out” and the kid’s major caregiver could be looking “how lengthy can a child be unconscious for”, prosecutors identified earlier this week as Brown’s homicide trial started.


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Prosecutors have warned jurors that they could not like the first caregiver, who was witnessed on at the very least one event treating Arapera roughly within the days resulting in her dying. Nevertheless it was Brown, prosecutors contend, who inflicted the deadly blunt power trauma to Arapera’s head that resulted in her dying.

The defence, in the meantime, has indicated it can argue that the first caregiver is the one who administered the blows.

Murder defendant Tyson Brown appears in the High Court at Auckland, accused of having fatally beaten 2-year-old Arapera Fia in her Weymouth, South Auckland home in October 2021. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Homicide defendant Tyson Brown seems within the Excessive Court docket at Auckland, accused of getting fatally overwhelmed 2-year-old Arapera Fia in her Weymouth, South Auckland residence in October 2021. Photograph / Jason Oxenham

Jurors heard immediately from a number of first responders who started arriving on the little one’s home at 8.16pm, lengthy after the alleged Google searches. Additionally they listened to a 12-minute 111 name through which Arapera’s caregiver was instructed on easy methods to give CPR.

“I discovered a younger little one laying face up on the ground,” stated firefighter Roy Harris, explaining that CPR was administered after she confirmed no indicators of life.

He and paramedics had been capable of get the kid’s pulse again they usually carried her to the eating room desk to proceed engaged on her earlier than dashing her to Starship hospital in an ambulance, he stated.

The kid’s major caregiver appeared “extraordinarily distressed” and was sobbing at occasions, he stated, whereas Brown was calmer.


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“Tyson didn’t say a lot,” he stated.

Constable Karl Birss recalled standing close to Brown and the caregiver because the little one was put into an ambulance.

“Are they going to take her away?” he recalled the girl asking.

“I assumed she was that means St Johns [ambulance]. However then I realised she was in all probability referring to the like of Oranga Tamariki.”

He later watched Brown punch a gap within the wall and begin pacing backwards and forwards after one other officer advised him that Arapera had died at hospital.

“He was pacing backwards and forwards, saying again and again: no, no, no, no no,” Birss recalled. “He went on to say, ‘It’s my fault. I used to be holding her, that’s all. She simply went limp.’”


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Birss stated he requested Brown what he meant by the assertion however the defendant then sat down on a sofa “and after that wasn’t actually aware of any queries”.

A number of first responders recalled both Brown or the first caregiver telling them that evening that the toddler’s accidents had occurred as she fell from a slide that she was standing on, hitting her head.

A slide remained outside the Weymouth home where 2-year-old Arapera Fia died as police investigated the scene in November 2021. Photo / Craig Kapitan
A slide remained outdoors the Weymouth residence the place 2-year-old Arapera Fia died as police investigated the scene in November 2021. Photograph / Craig Kapitan

Throughout opening statements earlier this week, Crown prosecutor Luke Radich was capable of maintain the small, plastic pre-school toy with one hand as he confirmed it to jurors. Defence lawyer Lester Cordwell later conceded throughout his personal opening assertion that the accidents couldn’t have been attributable to a fall from the slide.

The trial is ready to proceed tomorrow earlier than Justice David Johnstone.

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