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‘Baby Nicholas’:

cause of death unknown,

says coroner

Malcolm Brown

May 17, 2011 – 2:10PM

A baby whose body was found on a rubbish tip south of Sydney died at an unknown time in a manner unable to be determined, State Coroner Mary Jerram found this morning.

The baby, dubbed “Baby Nicholas”, was found at the tip at Spring Farm near Narellan by a female conveyor-belt operator on February 11, 2009.

Police searched unsuccessfully for the mother.

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The baby, born up to a month prematurely, was wrapped in a blanket with his placenta still attached.

The boy, who weighed just 1.75 kilograms, was most likely born when the mother was between 31 and 32 weeks pregnant, the inquest heard in January.

An orange sarong, containing some placenta and other tissue, was found on the conveyor belt near the body.

Police believe Nicholas was originally wrapped in the sarong, which had the words “Samoa” and “malie lou loto” printed on it.

A post-mortem examination was unable to conclude whether he was born dead or alive.

He was buried at Rookwood Cemetery with no family to mourn him.

Police believed that the body was among waste collected that morning from the Campbelltown suburbs of St Andrews or Bow Bowing.

There was concern for the condition of the mother.

According to population statistics, 3774 females lived in the 2315 homes in the two suburbs. Police narrowed that because half the females were too young or too old. But inquiries did not turn up any candidates.

An inquest was held at the Coroner’s Court in Glebe.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Clements said in a statement to the inquest that, though the investigation had continued, no further information or evidence could identify the mother.

A DNA profile taken from the body had been placed on the police data base.

“There is no further information or lines of inquiry to pursue at this time in relation to this investigation,” Sergeant Clements said.


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