James Ihaka is a Herald reporter based in Hamilton.

Man accused of murdering 8-month-old son named

Charlie Lackner.
Charlie Lackner.

A Hamilton man accused of murdering his infant son can now be named.

Charlie Lackner, 33, of Hamilton East, appeared before the High Court at Hamilton this morning to face a charge of murdering his 8-month-old son Cassius Takiari.

He has entered a not guilty plea.

Police initially charged Lackner with assaulting the child, whom a neighbour said was his son, following an incident at their house on June 15.

The baby boy, a twin, was admitted to Waikato Hospital that day with head injuries but was later moved to Starship Children's Hospital and died the following night.

Lackner will reappear before the court in September for a bail application.

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