Toddler ‘snatched’ from mother in Melbourne park found dead in creek. The family is of Fijian background.
Homicide police are investigating after a child’s body was discovered in a creek in Heidelberg West believed to be a toddler “snatched” from her pram on Saturday.
The child’s body was found around 2.45am this morning 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 to 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 SES volunteers search the area.
Source : Fiji Connect Lounge : 4 / 10 / 16