A man and woman charged over the death of a Taupo toddler have appeared in court.

The pair, who were granted interim name suppression, appeared in Rotorua District Court today charged with assault on a child.

The charge relates to an incident on Monday when 3-year-old Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri was admitted to Taupo Hospital with critical injuries

He died before he was able to be transferred to Starship Hospital in Auckland.

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The summary of facts has also been suppressed in the interim.

The pair were remanded in custody and will next appear in Taupo District Court on September 10.

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