Mys­tery mourner may be­mum

Amer­ica’s first lady a pris­oner, says Macron

Sunday News - - WORLD -

SYDNEY When the de­com­posed re­mains of a baby were found by chil­dren in the sand at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach in 2014, no-one knew a thing about how she came to be there or the iden­tity of her mother.

But now, four years on from that shock­ing find, the mother of the uniden­ti­fied baby known as Lily Grace may be se­cretly vis­it­ing her dead daugh­ter’s grave in Mal­abar.

The fam­ily who adopted the dead baby and gave her a name and a fu­neral, the staff at the ceme­tery where she is buried, lo­cal ma­ter­nal men­tal health ex­perts and the for­mer coro­ner in the case have rea­son to be­lieve Lily Grace’s mother may be the mys­te­ri­ous bene­fac­tor leav­ing grave­side gifts for the baby girl.

Ev­ery few days, some­one places presents on the stone memo­rial to the lit­tle girl, whose cause of death re­mains un­known. Some­times they are chil­dren’s bracelets and teddy bears, and at other times, toy cars and dolls. Blan­kets and flow­ers have also been left at the gravesite in the Gar­den of In­no­cence.

Maroubra lo­cals Filom­ena D’Alessan­dro and her hus­band, De­tec­tive Sergeant Bill Green, who adopted the dead girl so she could be buried, visit the grave at East­ern Sub­urbs Memo­rial Park weekly. In the past few months, they started notic­ing the trin­kets – from stuffed toys to fairy wands – ac­cu­mu­lat­ing there.

‘‘I don’t want to scare her off if it is her mother leav­ing them, but I do want her to know we aren’t here to judge,’’ said D’Alessan­dro. ‘‘She may have walked away from this sit­u­a­tion, but we know this is a tragedy you can never walk away from.’’

Hugh Dil­lon, the coro­ner who han­dled the in­quest into the death of the uniden­ti­fied baby, has FAIR­FAX re­newed calls for ‘‘safe haven’’ laws for fam­i­lies – es­pe­cially women – want­ing to sur­ren­der chil­dren with­out risk of pros­e­cu­tion by au­thor­i­ties.

Gra­ham Boyd, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the South­ern Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ceme­ter­ies Trust, which runs the memo­rial park, was to­day host­ing the fourth Baby Lily Grace Aware­ness Day. It is a 6am ser­vice to hon­our chil­dren who die in mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances. Fair­fax

Me­la­nia Trump is a fun woman who hides a strong per­son­al­ity and lives in the White House as a vir­tual pris­oner of the Se­cret Ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to Brigitte Macron.

The wife of the French pres­i­dent praised the 48-year-old US first lady af­ter bond­ing with her dur­ing a three-day state visit to Washington. The re­peated hand­hold­ing and hug­ging be­tween their hus­bands con­trasted with the ha­bit­ual froideur that Me­la­nia Trump dis­played dur­ing the cer­e­monies in­volv­ing the two cou­ples.

Trump’s im­age as a stern, un­smil­ing spouse was false, Macron, 65, said.

‘‘On the con­trary – she is re­ally fun. We have the same sense of hu­mour. We laugh a lot to­gether. Ev­ery­thing is in­ter­preted, over­in­ter­preted. She’s some­one who has a strong per­son­al­ity but she makes an ef­fort to hide it.’’

She ex­pressed sym­pa­thy for what she de­picted as Trump’s re­stricted life.

‘‘She is much more con­strained than me. Me­la­nia can’t do any­thing. The se­cu­rity is ter­ri­ble. She can’t even open a win­dow at the White House,


AP be­cause im­me­di­ately the se­cu­rity ser­vices call and say, ‘Close it’. She can’t put a foot out­side.’’

Macron, who is 25 years older than her hus­band, Em­manuel, spoke of her life af­ter nearly a year at the El­y­see Palace.

She lamented the ‘‘lack of time off, of quiet mo­ments when you can be com­pletely calm. That’s the most wear­ing side’’.

‘‘I don’t feel like a first lady, even though I’m aware of my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,’’ she said. ‘‘I am of a cer­tain age. I have noth­ing to prove. You don’t change at my age.’’ The Times

Filom­ena D’Alessan­dro looks at the orig­i­nal white cross at the grave of baby Lily Grace, who was found dead on Maroubra Beach in 2014.

Me­la­nia Trump, left, is ‘‘re­ally fun’’, says Brigitte Macron, right.

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