A woman has been arrested in relation to a home invasion where thieves rifled through a South Auckland house for half an hour before pushing a newborn baby from his bassinet on to the floor as they fled the startled residents.

Ben Scott and his fiancée Chelsea were asleep in their Manurewa home on 30 December when at least one person broke into the house.

Family's fear after home invader tipped newborn baby onto floor

The thieves stole everything they could get their hands and went through bedrooms, drawers and even reached under Mr Scott's pillow to pinch his phone.


As they tried to do the same to his fiancé she woke and started screaming.

As one offender ran out of the house he reached out and pushed a bassinet where the couple's 11-week-old son Carter was sleeping. Carter fell to the floor, but thankfully was not injured.

Hours after the incident police released a photograph of a woman thought to be connected.

A 44-year-old woman has now been arrested and charged with burglary, unlawfully getting into a stolen vehicle and a fraud offence relating to the use of a credit card stolen from Mr Scott's home.

The woman will appear in court on February 3.

Inspector Bruce O'Brien said inquiries were continuing into who else may have been involved.

He wanted to thank the public for helping police with the investigation. Many people contacted police after seeing the woman's photograph to help identify her.