POLICE trying to identify the parents of a baby whose body was found dumped in a Lostock lane last year have managed to obtain a partial DNA profile of her father.

The breakthrough was revealed at a a pre-inquest review into the death of the baby girl, named Alia by detectives who are working on the case.

Senior coroner Jennifer Leeming was told that inquiries to try and trace the newborn baby’s parents were still ongoing 10 months after she was discovered by dog walkers wrapped in a shirt and plastic bags in Ox Hey Lane.

Senior police coroner’s officer Raymond Sherlock told the hearing that funding has now been obtained for further, more detailed scientific tests on the baby’s DNA to be carried out which may help police identify her mother.

“There are active inquiries to locate the mother,” said Mr Sherlock.

The inquest was adjourned until March 14, the tragic anniversary of Alia being found, when Detective Inspector Aaron Duggan, who is in charge of the investigation, is expected to attend to update the coroner with progress.

It is thought that Alia, which means beautiful, could have been left in Ox Hey Lane on Mother’s Day, four days before her body was found, and police have said that she had been born alive and lived for up to two hours.


Despite repeated appeals for her parents to come forward, they remain unknown.

A note requesting an Islamic burial was found with Alia and in May her funeral took place, with Bolton Council of Mosques meeting the bill.

Alia’s parents, or anyone with information, can contact police on 0161 8565448 or on Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.