How police are narrowing down the search for parents of tragic baby Alia

Det Insp Aaron Duggan speaking to the press outside Bolton Coroners Court today

Det Insp Aaron Duggan speaking to the press outside Bolton Coroners Court today

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POLICE say they are "closing in" on the parents of newborn baby Alia, whose body was dumped in a plastic bag in Lostock.

More than 20 officers are trawling through potential DNA matches, tracking down people who bought a shirt like the one in which Alia was wrapped and looking at lists of girls absent from school at the time of the baby’s discovery.

They are still hoping to find the key to solving the case a year after Alia was found by dog walkers in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, on Thursday, March 14.

Extensive appeals to trace the parents of the baby girl, who police gave the name Alia, meaning beautiful, have been fruitless.

Det Insp Aaron Duggan, the leading officer in the case, told Bolton Coroners Court that strides had been made in obtaining the identity of the parents

He said: “I remain optimistic and confident through lines of enquiry that if the answer is there then we will find the mother through a relative.

"That’s dependent on a relative of hers being in contact with the police.

“I can’t speculate as to why the mother hasn’t come forward.

"It would be extremely difficult for her to talk about what she has been through, compunded by the fact Alia died and the grieving process.

"It will have been a traumatic time. If she is found she will have to be spoken to about what happened and a decision will be made about what the outcome will be.”

Baby Alia was found wrapped in a Flora & Fauna Tesco shirt, and police have spoken to and eliminated 50 people who bought such shirts from the area - there is only one person on the list left to speak to.

Lists of school girls who were absent from lessons in Bolton around the time of the grim discovery have been analysed.

Twenty of a possible 32 students, who were pregnant or were off with possible pregnancy related problems have been spoken to so far.

Det Insp Duggan said police have identified 11 people who have links with the father’s DNA, and they still have two left to find.

No matches for the mother were found on the police national database for Greater Manchester or Lancashire or on an immigration database, but 100 people have been found in a national search, and police are now prioritising the list.

He added: “You need particular knowledge for that location, Ox Hey Lane. Although it’s remote it’s incredibly busy with dog walkers, people cutting through it to get to Bolton Wanderers.

"Whoever placed Alia wanted her to be found. Whoever placed her cared about her as she was left in clothing and with a note. It’s tragic.”

Coroner Alan Walsh granted the police more time to investigate the baby’s death.

Mr Walsh said: “Sadly baby Alia had a very short life. I encourage members of the public to reflect what might have been happening 12 months ago and come forward with any information.”

He added: “I share the concern of the police for Alia’s mother.”

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

A further pre-inquest review will be held in June.

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

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4:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

boltonlife14 says...

"It would be extremely difficult for her to talk about what she has been through, compunded by the fact Alia died and the grieving process.
"It will have been a traumatic time. If she is found she will have to be spoken to about what happened and a decision will be made about what the outcome will be.”

Come on please, why are they being so soft on her, shouldnt the fact be she has just dumped this baby in the woods!! its digusting! whats saying the baby was still alive when she had dumped it (as they dont actually know how she died)! its actually knocking me sick the thought of it that anyone could even do this and once found she should be fully punished as any one else would be from dumping a dead body in woods.
"It would be extremely difficult for her to talk about what she has been through, compunded by the fact Alia died and the grieving process. "It will have been a traumatic time. If she is found she will have to be spoken to about what happened and a decision will be made about what the outcome will be.” Come on please, why are they being so soft on her, shouldnt the fact be she has just dumped this baby in the woods!! its digusting! whats saying the baby was still alive when she had dumped it (as they dont actually know how she died)! its actually knocking me sick the thought of it that anyone could even do this and once found she should be fully punished as any one else would be from dumping a dead body in woods. boltonlife14
  • Score: 10

5:24pm Fri 14 Mar 14

linzipinzi says...

I don't think we should judge until we have the full facts and we may never have them. Rest in peace baby girl xx
I don't think we should judge until we have the full facts and we may never have them. Rest in peace baby girl xx linzipinzi
  • Score: 5

6:53pm Fri 14 Mar 14

wild one says...

Nothing will happen.
Nothing will happen. wild one
  • Score: 2

7:07pm Fri 14 Mar 14

boltonlife14 says...

linzipinzi wrote:
I don't think we should judge until we have the full facts and we may never have them. Rest in peace baby girl xx
THe fact is they dumped a dead body in the woods...its not right! It the same as dumping any dead body in relevant of the age!
[quote][p][bold]linzipinzi[/bold] wrote: I don't think we should judge until we have the full facts and we may never have them. Rest in peace baby girl xx[/p][/quote]THe fact is they dumped a dead body in the woods...its not right! It the same as dumping any dead body in relevant of the age! boltonlife14
  • Score: 1

7:59am Sat 15 Mar 14

MrsB11 says...

I agree with boltonlife. What they did was complete wrong. Even if the mother wasn't thinking clearly at the time, I'm sure she will have come to her senses in the last 12 months and could have handed herself in. There's no excuse and it annoys me that the police are **** footing around this case. There is always help available in these kind of situations.
I agree with boltonlife. What they did was complete wrong. Even if the mother wasn't thinking clearly at the time, I'm sure she will have come to her senses in the last 12 months and could have handed herself in. There's no excuse and it annoys me that the police are **** footing around this case. There is always help available in these kind of situations. MrsB11
  • Score: -1

10:19am Sat 15 Mar 14

Wolfie190 says...

killing and dumping female babies is a cultural thing amongst Muslims and our police are tuned in to this cultural diversity and enlightenment. I wouldnt try this if you were British though I doubt they would be helping and comforting you I think prison would be favourite.
killing and dumping female babies is a cultural thing amongst Muslims and our police are tuned in to this cultural diversity and enlightenment. I wouldnt try this if you were British though I doubt they would be helping and comforting you I think prison would be favourite. Wolfie190
  • Score: -1

10:41am Sat 15 Mar 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

It is appalling what happened and wrong - no one can argue with that.

If the find the girl and lad - apart from possible prosecution there could be serious punishments from the family esp if it would 'dishonour' etc.

No one in their right mind would dump a baby like that without having a good reason
It is appalling what happened and wrong - no one can argue with that. If the find the girl and lad - apart from possible prosecution there could be serious punishments from the family esp if it would 'dishonour' etc. No one in their right mind would dump a baby like that without having a good reason Boltonresident2012
  • Score: -2

10:48am Sat 15 Mar 14

MrsB11 says...

Whether this is an accepted part if society amongst Muslims, it's not acceptable here and they should be found and punished like any one else would be. It's barbaric!!
Whether this is an accepted part if society amongst Muslims, it's not acceptable here and they should be found and punished like any one else would be. It's barbaric!! MrsB11
  • Score: 0

11:11am Sat 15 Mar 14

atlas123 says...

Saying "The mother needs to come forward so we can safest her and send herto prison" is hardly llikely to elicit the required response is it...?
Saying "The mother needs to come forward so we can safest her and send herto prison" is hardly llikely to elicit the required response is it...? atlas123
  • Score: -1

3:56pm Sat 15 Mar 14

hazdbfs says...

Boltonresident2012 wrote:
It is appalling what happened and wrong - no one can argue with that.

If the find the girl and lad - apart from possible prosecution there could be serious punishments from the family esp if it would 'dishonour' etc.

No one in their right mind would dump a baby like that without having a good reason
No one in their right mind? Appalling acts such as these happen on a daily basis. Is that the excuse you would let all of them give, that they are not in their right mind? Most of us have been brought up to understand there are consequences to our actions. Why should the person who did this get sympathy because they feared their family?
[quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: It is appalling what happened and wrong - no one can argue with that. If the find the girl and lad - apart from possible prosecution there could be serious punishments from the family esp if it would 'dishonour' etc. No one in their right mind would dump a baby like that without having a good reason[/p][/quote]No one in their right mind? Appalling acts such as these happen on a daily basis. Is that the excuse you would let all of them give, that they are not in their right mind? Most of us have been brought up to understand there are consequences to our actions. Why should the person who did this get sympathy because they feared their family? hazdbfs
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4:01pm Sat 15 Mar 14

linzipinzi says...

boltonlife14 wrote:
linzipinzi wrote:
I don't think we should judge until we have the full facts and we may never have them. Rest in peace baby girl xx
THe fact is they dumped a dead body in the woods...its not right! It the same as dumping any dead body in relevant of the age!
What I mean is that we have no idea of the mother's mental health at the time or whether she had a choice as to what happened to the baby. She could have been threatened with her life for all we know. Whatever really happened I'm sure it will live with her for the rest if her life.
[quote][p][bold]boltonlife14[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linzipinzi[/bold] wrote: I don't think we should judge until we have the full facts and we may never have them. Rest in peace baby girl xx[/p][/quote]THe fact is they dumped a dead body in the woods...its not right! It the same as dumping any dead body in relevant of the age![/p][/quote]What I mean is that we have no idea of the mother's mental health at the time or whether she had a choice as to what happened to the baby. She could have been threatened with her life for all we know. Whatever really happened I'm sure it will live with her for the rest if her life. linzipinzi
  • Score: 2

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