SYDNEY (AFP) – Children playing at a Sydney beach Sunday stumbled across the body of a baby buried under the sand, Australian investigators said, just a week after a newborn was found crying at the bottom of a roadside drain.
New South Wales police said they had established a crime scene at the beach in the eastern Sydney suburb of Maroubra after the grisly discovery on Sunday morning.
“A number of children were playing at the southern end of South Beach when they located the body of a baby in the sand,” police said in a statement.
“Investigations into the child’s death are continuing, however, the age and sex of the child is yet to be determined.”
Inspector Andrew Holland said the “very small infant child” was buried naked under about 30 centimetres of sand near the edge of some dunes, adding that the boys who found the body were just six and seven years old.
“The children were digging – the child was buried under about 30 centimetres of sand,” Holland told reporters.
“The two young children reported to their father who was nearby, who in turn contacted police.
“Unfortunately due to the decomposition, we can’t tell (the age of the baby) at this point.”
Investigators were also unable to immediately say how long the body had been there, he said.