The mother of an infant who was found buried in the sand on a Sydney beach on Sunday is being urged to come forward by Australian police.
The child was found dead on Maroubra Beach by two boys, aged 6 and 7, on Sunday morning when they were digging in the sand, the police said. Authorities added that the child was buried underneath 30 centimetres (12 inches) of sand.
The boys, aged six and seven, stumbled across the baby while playing in the sand at Maroubra, a famous beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on Sunday morning.
Police said they could not immediately tell the age or gender of the baby, as the body was badly decomposed. A post-mortem examination will be conducted.
“Come and talk to us, seek some advice, we need to talk with you,” New South Wales state police commissioner Andrew Scipione said, addressing the mother of the baby.
Scipione also asked anyone who might have information about the mother of the child to speak to authorities.
The two boys who found the child have only been identified as “Nippers”, The Australian reported. Nippers are members of the South Maroubra Surf Lifesaving Club kids surf safety program. The children will receive counselling arranged by the lifesaving club program, according to The Australian.
The discovery of the baby comes a week after another newborn was found alive in a Sydney drain after being there for five days.
Officials said they were hunting through hospital records to try and find the parents of the baby buried at the beach. The boys who discovered the infant were receiving counseling.