One week on: Newborn baby found dead in Bolton mourned by officers who named her Alia, meaning beautiful

By Glen Keogh

One week on from the tragic discovery of the body of a newborn baby in Bolton, police are still trying to trace the parents of the child they have named Alia, meaning beautiful.

Alia’s cause of death is uncertain, as is her age and ethnicity until further tests are completed.  

On Thursday March 14 dog walkers on Ox Hey Lane, Lostock discovered the body of the baby wrapped in clothing and plastic bags with a note requesting she receive an Islamic burial.

With no-one coming forward to identify the child or provide further information, officers consulted with the Bolton Council of Mosques (BCOM) to name the child and today flowers were laid at the scene in her memory.

“This is obviously an extremely upsetting case to investigate and many officers involved are themselves parents and so they wanted to give her a name,” Chief Inspector Carol Martin said.

“While we still do not know her ethnicity, due to the message left at the scene and following discussions with representatives from BCOM, she has been named Alia, which means beautiful.

“It has been a week since Alia’s body was found and we remain deeply concerned about the emotional and physical state of her parents, in particular her mother who is likely to require medical attention.”

A mobile police station will be on Ox Hey Lane until 7pm today for anyone who may wish to speak to officers.

They are appealing to anyone who may know the parents or know the circumstances which led to the discovery of Alia’s body at the side of the road.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5448, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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