A New Zealand woman is being held in police custody after police say she killed her three-year-old daughter with a blow hammer in her father’s backyard.
A judge ruled Monday that Marissa Allen is not allowed to leave the country.
The ruling by the Wellington District Court comes amid a major investigation into the killing of three-month-old Aimee, who was discovered with a blunt object in the backyard of her parents’ home in March.
Police said in an affidavit that Allen, 42, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter after the baby was found dead in April.
Allen has been charged with the killing and is expected to appear in court on Monday.
Police say the baby’s mother was the one who found her body.
She told police she saw her daughter, who had a severe facial injury, in the yard, according to the affidavit.
The court also ordered that Allen be detained in custody until a hearing on her detention order.
Allen had previously been charged in connection with an alleged assault on her then-boyfriend, who is now dead, and she has not been charged or identified as a person of interest in the case.
Police were called to the home after a neighbor called police to report a loud noise.
The neighbor reported seeing a woman standing in the front yard with a hammer, the affidavit said.
She said Allen had allegedly thrown the hammer at the woman.
Police searched the home, but found nothing.
Allen was then arrested and taken into custody on suspicion that she killed Aimeen, according the affidavit, which did not say how long she has been in custody.
Police did not release any other details about the case, but said she is being charged with murder and that she faces up to 25 years in prison.
The woman was identified by the newspaper as Aimeele’s mother, Marissa Clare Barkley.
Clare is due in court for a hearing in a civil lawsuit involving her daughter’s death, the police affidavit said, without providing further details.