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    Sanaya Sahib (15 m-o) Snatched from her pram found dead in a Melbourne creek

    Forensic police spend four hours combing the Melbourne home of murdered 15-month-old toddler Sanaya Sahib as her mother is taken in by police for 'welfare reasons'

    -Toddler Sanaya Sahib was found dead in a Melbourne creek on Sunday
    -Her mother, Sofina Nikat, said her daughter was snatched from her pram
    -Police spent four hours scouring family home after discovery of her body
    -Ms Nikat, 22, was taken by welfare workers to speak with investigators
    -The pair were staying with family as Ms Nikat separates from her partner

    Detectives investigating the death of a toddler, who was found dead in a creek after she was snatched from her pram, have spent four hours scouring the family home as welfare workers took the child's mother to police who she was helping with their inquiries.
    Police are continuing to speak to family members of the 15-month-old Sanaya Sahib whose mother Sofina Nikat, 22, told investigators a man who smelt of alcohol and not wearing any shoes took her daughter as they walked through Olympic Park in Heidelberg West, in Melbourne's north.
    Ms Nikat was seen leaving her home with two welfare workers on each arm as she was escorted to speak with police on Sunday, Ten News reported.

    The man, who Ms Nikat said followed herself and Sanaya in the park before pushing her to the ground and running off with her daughter about 10am on Saturday, was described as African in appearance, between 20 and 30 years old and about 1.8 metres tall.
    But the mother did not see his face.

    Less than 24 hours later, the toddler's body was found 'partially submerged' in Darebin Creek just before 3am on Sunday by a family who had seen social media posts about her disappearance and wanted to help.
    They were looking for the child so early in the morning because they themselves had been victims of a child disappearance, but lucky for them their loved one was returned.

    No one has been arrested and the investigation will continue, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.
    Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey said on Sunday it was not known how long the toddler's body had been in the water, and appealed for anyone who saw the incident, the child or her blue and yellow pram to come forward.
    'It is obviously extremely concerning for Victoria Police if this is a random abduction,' he told reporters.
    'But we're not closing off any lines of inquiry.'
    It is believed Sanaya and her mother, from Mitcham in Melbourne's east, were staying with family in Heidelberg West near the former 1956 Olympic Village following a separation from the tot's father.
    Both parents are said to be extremely distressed and have been helping police.

    The body is yet to be formerly identified and a post-mortem examination was due to be carried out on Sunday night.
    Locals said they were shocked at the grisly incident, which shook the tight-knit community.
    'It's really scary. You would hope someone would have seen it,' local Sophie said, according to the Herald Sun.
    'It's so scary that it could happen with so many people around. I don't want to say it's an unsafe neighbourhood, but it definitely makes you more mindful.'
    Other residents have started to lay flowers at the park in tribute to the baby girl.

    Sanaya's uncle Habib Ali claims the mother arrived home after her child was snatched, holding grave concerns and was screaming 'somebody took my child, somebody took my child', 9News reported.
    Following the discovery of her body, Mr Ali told Ten News the family were 'shocked, worried and devastated'.
    Ms Nikat was reportedly sitting on a bench when she noticed an African man in his mid 30s keeping a close eye on her, the Herald Sun reported.
    'She said someone was standing and watching her...but she didn't make anything of it,' Mr Ali said.
    Although Ms Nikat lived in Mitcham, about 20 minutes north-east of Heidelberg, Mr Ali said his sister visited frequently as he and his family were helping her through a separation with her partner.


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    Here is an update I seen today. http://www.9news.com.au/national/201...-before-murder

    Murdered Melbourne girl Sanaya Sahib was treated by paramedics at her home one week before her body was found in a creek.

    Habib Ali confirmed to the Herald Sun that his 15-month-old niece had to be treated after a seizure at his home in Heidelberg West on April 3.

    The newspaper also said a post mortem had revealed Sanaya died of smothering, but police are yet to confirm her cause of death.

    Ambulance Victoria would not comment on why paramedics attended the home last week ? which is the same address Sanaya's family had been visiting when she was reported missing on Saturday ? but witnesses told the Herald Sun an ambulance was there for several hours.

    Police continue to hunt for the man believed to have snatched Sanaya from her 22-year-old mother Sofina Nikat and fled.

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    I am not buying the mother's story.


    DISCLAIMER: The following quotes are not in reference to your loved one. They are quotes found to be funny in regard to much older cases.

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    Okay this is the part where I admit he's kind of pretty, or at least he would be if he hadn't killed his sister and smeared poo on her candy.
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    Is she scowling in every pic, or is that her unfortunate face?!?

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    Me either.

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    DISCLAIMER: The following quotes are not in reference to your loved one. They are quotes found to be funny in regard to much older cases.

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    Okay this is the part where I admit he's kind of pretty, or at least he would be if he hadn't killed his sister and smeared poo on her candy.
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    Is she scowling in every pic, or is that her unfortunate face?!?

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    Mother has confessed to murder and been charged. So sad. Knew there was something fishy with her story! RIP little one x

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    I actually stayed up last night reading about this on another site. I'ma site whore, it's who I am. I am not surprised to see that Mom was arrested or that she confessed. I'm wondering what her defense will be and if the time line shifts.
    Marshmallow here is the one I liken to Ed Gein... Originally Posted by Heartbroken1


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    She shouldn't get a choice....


    The mother of slain toddler Sanaya Sahib has refused to appear before a magistrate after being charged with her daughter's murder.

    Sofina Nikat, 22, had been due to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday over the death of her 14-month-old daughter, Sanaya Sahib, in West Heidelberg, but she declined to be brought into court from the cells below the building.

    Defence counsel Michael McNamara said a doctor and a psychiatric nurse had seen Ms Nikat while she was in custody, and both were concerned about what effect a court appearance would have on her.

    Ms Nikat was also concerned about entering a courtroom.

    "It's her preference not to be brought up," Mr McNamara said.

    Ms Nikat, of Mitcham, was arrested on Tuesday morning and faced an out-of-sessions court hearing on Tuesday night, where a bail justice was told she had made a "full confession to the murder" of her 14-month-old daughter, last Saturday.

    Sanaya's body was found in the Darebin Creek about 2.45am on Sunday.

    Ms Nikat was charged with murder on Tuesday.

    Mr McNamara told the court on Wednesday that a doctor and psychiatric nurse had seen Ms Nikat earlier that morning and were concerned about what effect a court appearance would have on her.

    The doctor and nurse wanted Ms Nikat to undergo a more detailed psychological assessment, Mr McNamara said.

    The court heard this was Ms Nikat's first time in custody and that she had mental-health issues.

    Asked by magistrate Joanne Metcalf if Ms Nikat was at risk of self harm, Mr McNamara said: "It's got to be a live issue."

    Prosecutor Susanna Locke told the court that telephone intercepts would need to be transcribed before Ms Nikat's next court appearance, and CCTV footage would need to be formatted correctly.

    Ms Nikat was remanded in custody and is due to return to court on August 3.

    There did not appear to be any of Ms Nikat's family members in court.

    Ms Nikat told police at the weekend her daughter had been snatched from her pram by a stranger while they were walking in Olympic Park about 10am on Saturday.

    She had described the stranger as a man of African appearance who was wearing no shoes and smelt of alcohol.

    The report sparked a massive search in the area involving police and volunteers.

    Channel Seven on Tuesday reported that police had obtained CCTV footage of a woman pushing a pram toward Darebin Creek on Saturday morning with an infant visible in the pram and then returned from the creek with the pram apparently empty.

    Ms Nikat had been staying at her brother's home in Perth Street, West Heidelberg, which is less than two kilometres from where Sanaya's body was found.

    The property was searched by forensic police on Sunday afternoon.


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    Ms Nikat was charged with murder on Tuesday.

    Mr McNamara told the court on Wednesday that a doctor and psychiatric nurse had seen Ms Nikat earlier that morning and were concerned about what effect a court appearance would have on her.

    The doctor and nurse wanted Ms Nikat to undergo a more detailed psychological assessment, Mr McNamara said.

    The court heard this was Ms Nikat's first time in custody and that she had mental-health issues.


    You know what? I'm so sad for this whole family. I'm not excusing the mothers actions by any means but I want to see better access to mental health services for vulnerable members of our community BEFORE not AFTER it becomes mandatory. We don't know what mental health issues the mother had or what she went through. Please don't eat me alive but I do feel very strongly that much child abuse and worse can be prevented with better support. Sounds like those who would know the signs could of given more help to help family and therefore this toddler. Rip Sanaya. X

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoolihan View Post
    Ms Nikat was charged with murder on Tuesday.

    Mr McNamara told the court on Wednesday that a doctor and psychiatric nurse had seen Ms Nikat earlier that morning and were concerned about what effect a court appearance would have on her.

    The doctor and nurse wanted Ms Nikat to undergo a more detailed psychological assessment, Mr McNamara said.

    The court heard this was Ms Nikat's first time in custody and that she had mental-health issues.


    You know what? I'm so sad for this whole family. I'm not excusing the mothers actions by any means but I want to see better access to mental health services for vulnerable members of our community BEFORE not AFTER it becomes mandatory. We don't know what mental health issues the mother had or what she went through. Please don't eat me alive but I do feel very strongly that much child abuse and worse can be prevented with better support. Sounds like those who would know the signs could of given more help to help family and therefore this toddler. Rip Sanaya. X
    I think most of us on here would agree with you about the mental health services. We've seen cases like this way too many times.

    I do wonder if she had mental issues before the baby was born or if it just came after the baby? I would suspect a breakup with her ex didn't help issues.


    I'm always suspicious of any woman that yells "the black man took my baby but I didn't see his face"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bermstalker View Post
    I think most of us on here would agree with you about the mental health services. We've seen cases like this way too many times.

    I do wonder if she had mental issues before the baby was born or if it just came after the baby? I would suspect a breakup with her ex didn't help issues.


    I'm always suspicious of any woman that yells "the black man took my baby but I didn't see his face"
    Yes it totally sounded vague and there was good reason people suspected suspicious circumstances. Oh how devestating. Not the first, won't be the last but a little more hearbroken everytime i read about a story like this. I know that area well, too.

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    Aplogies, obviously new and clunky here.

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    The guy in his mid thirties who was between 20 and 30, who had no shoes and smelled like booze, whom she noticed was watching her closely but thought nothing of it and never saw him?

    Yeah.

    I was also waiting to hear from the vicious mothers declaring they would murder a baby snatcher with their bare hands.

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    'I never thought I'd have to do that in my whole life': Father of 'murdered' Sanaya Sahib speaks out about the harrowing moment he had to identify his daughter's body - as family says they will hold a funeral for the 14-month-old on Saturday

    -Father of Sanaya Sahib has spoken out about being called to identify body
    -Sameer Sahib said he 'never thought he'd have to do that in his whole life'
    -Sofina Nikat, 22, was due to appear in Melbourne court on Wednesday
    -She was charged with murdering her toddler daughter Sanaya Sahib
    -Mr Sahib said the public are welcome to attend Saturday's funeral
    -A full investigation into the child's death will be launched on Thursday
    -Toddler's body was found in a creek at Heidelberg West on Sunday


    The father of slain Melbourne toddler Sanaya Sahib has spoken out for the first time about the devastating moment he was called in to identify his daughter's body.
    The 14-month-old's body was found in Darebin Creek in Heidelberg West on Sunday and her father Sameer Sahib said he joined the search party that morning, but was a 'bit too late'.
    'It was the worst day of my life,' he told Nine News.
    This comes as Mr Sahib revealed the little girl's funeral will be held on Saturday and the public are welcome to attend.

    Hundreds of people are expected to turn up to remember the 14-month-old, The Herald Sun reported.
    Sanaya's mother Sofina Nikat, 22, made a 'full confession' to killing the little girl on Saturday, and was due to front the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, but was excused due to her mental state.

    Mr Sahib said the little girl was 'bubbly' when he saw her three days before her death and Nikat appeared to be 'all right,' The ABC reported.
    He said he has been unable to eat or sleep since learning of Nikat's arrest.
    'I couldn't believe it, I just froze - how could a mother do something like that to her own child,' he said.
    'We both brought her into the world. How can she do that?
    'I had to go and identify the body, I never think i'd do that in my whole life- not to my own daughter.'
    A full investigation into the little girl's death will be launched on Thursday to determine whether 'strict protocols' were adhered to by agencies and services 'sharing information about children'.
    The court heard health professionals had assessed Nikat in custody and were worried about her appearing.

    Lawyer Michael McNamara said Nikat herself had asked not to appear in the court.
    The risk of her self-harming was a 'live issue' and it was believed she was already in protected custody, he said.
    The brief hearing took place without Nikat and she was remanded in custody to reappear in August.
    Nikat was charged on Tuesday with murdering her daughter after she made a 'full confession' to police at an out-of-sessions court hearing.
    Sanaya's body was found in the Darebin Creek on Sunday less than 24 hours after Nikat had told police on Saturday her daughter had been snatched from her pram in a Heidelberg West park.
    The toddler's disappearance sparked a large search that included mounted police, the police airwing, SES volunteers and members of the public.
    At the time Nikat told police a barefoot man of African appearance and smelling of alcohol had pushed her to the ground and snatched the toddler.
    She said she gave chase but couldn't catch him.

    Nikat and her daughter had been staying with relatives in Heidelberg West after a separation between Nikat and Sanaya's father.
    The court heard it was Nikat's first time in custody, and she would be further assessed by mental health professionals while in prison.
    CCTV footage related to the alleged crime will be formatted and telephone intercepts will be transcribed.
    Social workers who worked with Nikat after her daughter's death were in court for the brief hearing.
    Bail was formally refused.
    It comes after Mr Sahib revealed his estranged wife told him to come and visit the little girl four days before she was found dead in a creek, the Herald Sun reports.
    Mr Sahib said that after blocking his calls for six months, his former wife Sofina Nikat rang to ask him to visit the toddler.
    'She just said it's been a long time, come see her,' he said.

    Mr Sahib, who has been separated from Nikat for a year, said he has been unable to eat or sleep since learning of her arrest.
    'I just feel sick in my stomach,' he said.
    Mr Sahib said he is now focusing on organising a funeral service for Sanaya.
    After Nikat was charged on Tuesday, police released chilling CCTV footage of a woman pushing a baby in a pram toward Darebin Creek.
    Earlier, an autopsy has reportedly revealed Sanaya died due to smothering and Nikat was taken to a secret location by welfare workers to speak with police on Sunday.
    It comes after Sanaya's grieving uncle, Habib Ali, revealed the toddler was treated by an ambulance for a 'seizure' just a week before she died.
    Mr Ali told reporters on Monday she was 'a cute little kid' who 'didn't deserve it'.
    'Whoever done it, shame on him, he's a coward and ....shouldn't have done what he had done,' Mr Ali said.


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    http://www.news.com.au/national/vict...2fa1e370631912

    Sofina Nikat faces court over death of toddler Sanaya Sahib

    THE mother accused of killing her own toddler before blaming an African man who was barefoot and smelling of alcohol has faced court for the first time.

    She appeared via video link but prosecutors successfully requested to adjourn the case for two weeks while evidence was analysed.

    Sofina Nikat, 22, was charged with the murder of her 14-month-old baby Sanaya Sahib after the toddler was found dead in Darebin Creek in Melbourne’s northeast on April 10 just before 3pm.


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    http://www.news.com.au/national/vict...3384690e070adc

    Melbourne mum accused of murdering baby had ‘disturbed’ mind, psychiatrist finds

    THE mother accused of killing her 14-month old daughter told Victoria Police a priest said her baby was possessed.

    Sofina Nikat will stand trial for allegedly killing her daughter Sanaya Sahib on April 10, 2016 after pleading not guilty to one charge of murder in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

    The 23-year-old had initially said her daughter had been snatched from her pram by an African man who smelled heavily of alcohol but later told police she had made up the story “because she was scared”, court documents show.

    “Things got way out of hand on that day, and she couldn’t cope,” a summary of her police interview said.

    Nikat told police she put her hand across Sanaya’s mouth and nose and hugged her tight until she couldn’t feel her daughter moving.

    She then walked down to the creek bed and dropped her daughter’s limp body in Darebin Creek near scrubland.

    In the days before the incident, Sanaya had suffered a seizure and had been frothing at the mouth.

    Nikat also told police her baby would “look at the roof and cry and growl”, and she had been advised by a priest that she and her baby were possessed and had negative energy.

    She told police she had “no other choice as things were getting worse” and she couldn’t cope.

    Nikat’s defence lawyer Christopher Dane QC told the court two psychiatric assessments by different psychiatrists had come to the conclusion what Nikat did was not murder but infanticide.

    A report from consultant psychiatrist Yvonne Skinner found Nikat was not of sound mind during the time her baby died, Mr Dane said, because she had “not fully recovered from giving birth”.

    “The balance of mind of Sofina Nikat was disturbed,” Dr Skinner wrote in the report, Mr Dane said.

    “She is guilty of infanticide and not murder.” He told the court if Nikat had been charged with infanticide, she would have likely pleaded guilty.

    The prosecution argued that there was sufficient evidence to determine the crime was murder, and pointed to the psychiatric reports that described Nikat suffering from a depressive disorder.

    Magistrate Luisa Bazzani upheld the murder charge, citing that the psychiatrist’s evidence had not been tested.

    The case will return to Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for a directions hearing on Friday.


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    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law...179a8c21c60da3

    Sofina Nikat, who killed daughter, sentenced to community corrections order

    A YOUNG mum who killed her daughter who she believed was possessed won’t spend another day behind bars.

    Instead Sofina Nikat, 24, will serve a 12-month community corrections order over the killing of 14-month-old Sanaya Sahib in April last year.

    Nikat was charged with murder but subsequently pleaded guilty to a single count of infanticide, just one of a handful of Victorian women to plead guilty to the charge.

    It applies when a woman kills her child while mentally disturbed as a result of the birth.

    While the offence carries a maximum penalty of five years’ jail, just one woman has been jailed for infanticide in Victorian history but she also pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one of attempted murder.


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