TOD­DLER FOUND DEAD IN MEL­BOURNE, AUS­TRALIA

13-month-old Sanaya ‘snatched’, found in creek

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A CHILD’S BODY FOUND IN A CREEK IN MEL­BOURNE, AUS­TRALIA, IS BE­LIEVED TO BE THAT OF A TOD­DLER WHO DIS­AP­PEARED IN MYS­TE­RI­OUS CIR­CUM­STANCES ON SATUR­DAY. The tod­dler ‘snatched’ from the mother in Mel­bourne Park was later found dead in a creek. The fam­ily is of Fi­jian back­ground,

7 News in Aus­tralia re­ported.

Achild’s body found in a creek in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, is be­lieved to be that of a tod­dler who dis­ap­peared in mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances on Satur­day. The tod­dler ‘snatched’ from the mother in Mel­bourne Park was later found dead in a creek.

The fam­ily is of Fi­jian back­ground, 7 News in Aus­tralia re­ported. The child’s body was found around 2.45am yes­ter­day in Dare­bin Creek in Mel­bourne’s north­east but has not been for­mally iden­ti­fied, Victoria Po­lice said in a state­ment. Po­lice had been search­ing for 13-month-old tod­dler Sanaya Shaib who dis­ap­peared in “sus­pi­cious” cir­cum­stances from Olympic Park in Hei­del­berg West about 10am on Satur­day. The girl’s mother So­fina Nikat re­port­edly told Po­lice that a man pushed her to the ground, be­fore ab­duct­ing her daugh­ter. The mother ran home sob­bing and hys­ter­i­cal and told res­i­dents she had been walk­ing with her daugh­ter in the park when a man snatched her and fled. The mother’s cousin, Hab­bib Ali told 7 News she was scream­ing and cry­ing: “Some­body took my child, some­body took my child.” The fam­ily is of Fi­jian back­ground and were lo­cals in the area. Search teams worked through most of the night try­ing to find the child.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors are keep­ing an open mind to var­i­ous sce­nar­ios, but we are treat­ing the case as sus­pi­cious,” a po­lice spokes­woman said on Satur­day night. The mother de­scribed the man who took her daugh­ter as be­ing of So­ma­lian ap­pear­ance and aged in his mid 30s. A com­mand post has been set up at the park as State Emer­gency Ser­vice vol­un­teers search the area.

So­fina Nikat with her daugh­ter Sanaya Shaib who was snatched from her pram while

on a stroll at a Mel­bourne park.

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