A man has been charged and remanded in police custody on Santo for allegedly assaulting his 1-year-old son to death.


According to the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) Media, the incident happened early morning last Wednesday at Tawi Field Village on Malo Island.


The suspect has been charged with intentional homicide and domestic violence charges.


A team of police officers went to the village and obtained a complaint statement. The deceased was transported to the Northern Provincial Hospital mortuary.


According to the VPF Media, the suspect was arrested and remanded since last Friday, awaiting further investigation. He was brought before the Magistrate Court in Luganville for his remand application earlier this week.


The court has ordered that a postmortem be performed on the body of the deceased in the coming days, said VPF Media.