One year since newborn baby was dumped in Lostock - and police say they are 'closer' to tracing her parents

The Bolton News: Forensic officers examine Ox Hey Lane, where baby Alia was found on March 14 last year Forensic officers examine Ox Hey Lane, where baby Alia was found on March 14 last year

POLICE say they are a step closer to finding the parents of the newborn baby whose body was found wrapped in a shirt and plastic bags by dog walkers in Lostock a year ago today.

Despite extensive police appeals the parents of the baby girl — named Alia, meaning beautiful, by officers — have not been found.

Possible DNA profiles have now been found, which could be vital in finding the parents of the baby girl, who is thought to have lived for two hours.

Her tiny body was discovered in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, on Thursday, March 14, last year. A note was enclosed in the bag requesting an Islamic burial.

Police say a DNA profile of her mother has been found, along with a partial DNA profile for her father.

Police are focusing on the samples taken in Lancashire and Greater Manchester and the identified men are being traced.

Detectives have also searched for DNA profiles linked to the mother’s profile which could identify relatives of the mother.

Potential matches have been found and police will now visit the families.

Alia’s ethnicity and her cause of death have not been established.

Det Sgt Aaron Duggan said: “Despite numerous inquiries by detectives and appeals through the media, the identity of Alia’s parents remains unknown at this time.

“Although it is probably very difficult to talk about what happened, I remain hopeful that now, 12 months after the infant was found, her mother or father may feel the time is right to let me know what happened to their baby.

“I remain confident that we will find a relative of the baby's mother, it would be my preference, however, that the baby’s mother takes the decision to contact me and tell me what happened to her, and to her baby.”

Anyone with information about the parents of Alia can call police on 0161 8565448, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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10:46am Fri 14 Mar 14

MarkAllRead says...

What is the point of tracing the parents now, if it isn't to prosecute them? So I really don't see why the parents would come forward voluntarily.
What is the point of tracing the parents now, if it isn't to prosecute them? So I really don't see why the parents would come forward voluntarily. MarkAllRead
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12:02pm Fri 14 Mar 14

danssoncabaret says...

If the mother gave birth with no medical assistance, she could still be suffering the physical and mental and traumatic consequences.
If the mother gave birth with no medical assistance, she could still be suffering the physical and mental and traumatic consequences. danssoncabaret
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12:41pm Fri 14 Mar 14

boltonlife14 says...

i think its disgusting this, how they have just dumped the poor baby and i bet they dont even get punshied, its sicking!!
i think its disgusting this, how they have just dumped the poor baby and i bet they dont even get punshied, its sicking!! boltonlife14
  • Score: 6

1:03pm Fri 14 Mar 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Exactly, why bother trying to find those involved if they are not going to be prosecuted? I was under the impression greater Manchester police where having to cut police officers on the street and yet money can be found to carry on this fruitless exercise.
If the mother (I use the word euphemistically) is suffering now perhaps it is the will of Allah?
Exactly, why bother trying to find those involved if they are not going to be prosecuted? I was under the impression greater Manchester police where having to cut police officers on the street and yet money can be found to carry on this fruitless exercise. If the mother (I use the word euphemistically) is suffering now perhaps it is the will of Allah? cliff4treasurer
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