Plea to baby Alia's parents ahead of her funeral

9:58am Monday 20th May 2013

By Amanda Alcock

THE funeral of baby Alia, whose body was found in a lane in Lostock, will take place on Wednesday.

Police are continuing to appeal for her parents to come forward.

Representatives from Bolton Council of Mosques (BCOM) are today beginning to plan the funeral.

It was revealed that the baby, who was named Alia by police and BCOM, was born alive and lived for up to two hours.

But officers are still trying to find out what happened and who the parents are. Alia was found in Ox Hey Lane on March 14 by a couple walking their dog, and was wrapped in a shirt and plastic bags, with a note requesting an Islamic burial.

Police believe she could have been left in the lane on Mother’s Day. Det Ch Insp Sarah Jackson, from Bolton CID, said: “The parents of the baby may be aware that a name was given to the baby by BCOM but we would be really keen to give the baby a name that means something to the parents, a name that they have chosen for their child.

“I would very much like for the parents to be involved with the preparations for the funeral of their child. If you think you can come forward and talk to us then we will try to get you the help and support that you need.

“This will be your opportunity to be involved with the preparations for the funeral.

“What I don’t want is for you to live with the regret of not coming forward and being involved.”

BCOM invited all communities to attend the burial prayers, although the time and location of the ceremony has not yet been announced.

A BCOM spokesman said: “It has been requested that this baby be given an Islamic burial and we will be ensuring this is done.” He also thanked people who had offered to contribute to the cost of the funeral, but said BCOM would pay the bill.

He added: “There is help available to Alia's family and the grieving process could be easier for you if you come forward and use the help that is available.

“You may not get another opportunity and we don't want you to end up regretting this for the rest of your life.“ Alia’s parents or anyone with information can contact police on 0161 8565448, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111."

It was thought that the funeral would take place tomorrow, but it has now been confirmed that it will take place at 3pm on Wednesday at Zakaria Mosque in Derby Street.

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