Police were concerned at the way a Ruatoki family were living following an investigation of a 4 month old baby in 2011.

The baby died from suffocation 26 May 2011 was one aspect identified by Rotorua coroner Wallace Bain along with the fact the house was in poor condition a leaking ceiling, rotten walls and cold, and as such the family slept together for comfort resulting in the baby suffocating in his cramped sleeping space.

Police reported the house was kept very tidy by the rain leaked the damaged roof and rotting walls, feeling very sad at the death of the baby and the poverty of family.

Aroha ana te hunga Pirihimana i te kainga o tetahi whanau kei roto o Ruatoki e noho ana i a ratau e uiuinga ana i te matenga o tetahi pepe e wha marama tona pakeke i tera atu tau  rua mano ngahuru ma tahi. Mate momiha ana te pepe i te rangi rua tekau ma ono o Haratua rua mano ngahuru ma tahi e whakapae ana te tohunga nana o Rotorua a Wallace Bain ko te take ko te karukaru o te whare e puwhawha ana me te  makariri, ka moe tahi ai nga matua me te pepe kua kore te pepe e whai hauha i tona kopatanga i te moenga. Hei nga Pirihimana he whakapaipai tika te whare engari maturuturu ana te ua na te tihaehae o te tuanui otira te pirau o nga pakitara, ka aroha te noho o te whanau me te matenga o te pepe i taua rawa koretanga o te whanau.