Police search for baby remains in South Maroota

A search is underway in South Maroota as part of investigations into the suspected murder of a newborn baby a decade ago.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad recently received information that a child was born in late 2007 or early 2008, was deceased shortly after, and buried on a rural property outside of Sydney.

Strike Force Enact, which was subsequently established to investigate the reports, has involved extensive inquiries with the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and NSW Health.

As a result of their inquiries, strike force detectives and officers attached to the Public Order and Riot Squad commenced a search at a property on Cliftonville Road, South Maroota, about 8am on July 18.

The police made it clear the current owners of the property were not believed to have any involvement with the incident.

The search is expected to take some time as much of the area is dense bushland.

Detective Chief Inspector Angelo Memmolo from the Homicide Squad appealed to the community for information that may assist their investigation.

“An investigation into the death of a baby will always be delicate and challenging for police and this incident is of great concern to us,” DC Insp. Memmolo said.

“We are hoping someone in the community may have information relating to the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death.

“While there are restrictions around what we can say publicly at this stage, we believe in these circumstances, this could be enough to spark someone’s memory.

“If anyone has knowledge about the possible murder of a baby around this time, please get in touch with us.”