A search is underway in Sydney’s north-west as part of investigations into the suspected murder of a newborn baby a decade ago, NSW Police say.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad recently received information that a child was born in late 2007 or early 2008, murdered 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 today.
The search is expected to be protracted 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,” Det Ch 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,” Det Ch Insp Memmolo said.
Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Enact detectives to call Crime Stoppers.