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Mum ‘confessed to killing’ her 15-month-old girl

The mother of 15‑month‑old Sanaya Sahib whose body was found in a creek in Melbourne has confessed to her murder. Australian Police confirmed Sofina Nikat, 22, has been charged with one count of murder. Australian media reported that police say Sofina Nikat made a full confession in a special court sitting yesterday. On Tuesday, Australian police seized […]

Peni Shute

April 13, 2016 9:01 am

The mother of 15‑month‑old Sanaya Sahib whose body was found in a creek in Melbourne has confessed to her murder.

Sofina Nikat was taken away by police welfare officers on Monday. (7 News)
Sofina Nikat was taken away by police welfare officers on Monday. (7 News)

Australian Police confirmed Sofina Nikat, 22, has been charged with one count of murder.

Australian media reported that police say Sofina Nikat made a full confession in a special court sitting yesterday.

On Tuesday, Australian police seized new CCTV footage, showing a young woman arriving at Olympic Park with a baby in a stroller on Saturday morning.  The footage vision then shows the woman leaving the park sometime later apparently without the baby.

CCTV footage of a woman arriving and leaving Olympic Park walking calmly with a stroller. (7 News)
CCTV footage of a woman arriving and leaving Olympic Park walking calmly with a stroller. (7 News)

Nikat originally told police she was walking through Olympic Park on Saturday morning when a man pushed her to the ground and snatched Sanaya from her pram.

The baby was found dead about 17 hours after she was first reported missing.  Her body was found partially submerged in Darebin Creek.

Sanaya Sahib had been treated by paramedics at her home one week before her body was found in the creek.

The mother had not applied for bail and was remanded to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Australian police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 15-month-old Sanaya Sahib, who was found around 5 am today near a shopping mall not far from her family’s home in Melbourne, Australia.

Lautoka-born Sofina Nikat (22) with her 15-month-old daughter Sanaya Sahib. (Sofina Nikat/Facebook).
Lautoka-born Sofina Nikat (22) with her 15-month-old daughter Sanaya Sahib. (Sofina Nikat/Facebook).

Sanaya’s mother, 22-year-old Sofina Nikat, who is from Lautoka, told Australian police she was walking her baby in her pram in a park about 12 pm on Saturday.

Ms. Nikat told police a man pushed her to the ground and snatched Sanaya from her stroller. She said he then ran off with Sanaya, and she tried to chase the man before running home and calling the police.

Ms. Nikat said the suspect was an African man, aged between 20 and 30, wearing black clothes and no shoes.  She also claimed the man smelt of alcohol.

The mother’s cousin, Habbib Ali told media she was screaming and crying: “Somebody took my child, somebody took my child.”

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A major search involving police volunteers was launched on Saturday, but it was a family of four who made the grim discovery, a kilometre from the family home.

The family who found Sanaya was involved in the search because they also had a child who went missing.

Sanaya’s grandfather told media he was grateful to the family who found his granddaughter and to those who searched overnight.

It is believed Sanaya and her mother were staying with friends in Melbourne following a separation from the Sanaya’s father.

A neighbour told media Sanaya was ‘happy’ and well looked after, “She couldn’t have had any more love,”.

An Australian police spokesperson said they have no suspects at this stage; the parents were assisting with their inquiries, and it wasn’t known how long the body had been in the water.

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