Baby body investigation

Detectives investigating the death of a newborn baby found near Bolton believe she lived independently of her mother for a short period of time.

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Funeral for baby Alia

The body of a baby girl discovered on a country lane near Bolton in March has been laid to rest.

Police called the child 'Alia' - which means 'beautiful' - after her parents failed to come forward.

Her tiny body was wrapped in a carrier bag with the plea written on a scrap of paper to give her an Islamic burial.

Today that wish was fulfilled.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue has the details:

Funeral held of newborn baby found near Bolton

The scene where Alia was found Credit: ITV Granada

The funeral will take place today of a newborn baby who was found dead on a country lane near Bolton.

The baby girl who was named Alia by police had been left in Lostock with a message asking for an Islamic burial.

The funeral has been planned by the Bolton Council of Mosques.

Police are urging Alia's parents to come forward.


Baby's funeral to be held on Wednesday

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed funeral arrangements for a baby found in Lostock in March. She was born alive and lived for up to two hours. After prayers the baby, named Alia by officers, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony. Police are appealing for her parents to come forward.

Dead baby's parents urged: 'Don't miss funeral'

Greater Manchester Police is urging the parents of the baby that was found on Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, on Thursday 14 March, to come forward. It is expected that representatives from the Bolton Council of Mosques will begin planning the funeral today, which is expected to take place on Tuesday.

The baby was born alive and lived independently for up to two hours; however officers are still trying to find out what happened and who the parents are.

We would be really keen to give the baby a name that means something to the parents.

I am grateful to members of the local community who have offered to cover the funeral costs.

I would very much like for the parents to be involved with the preparations for the funeral of their child.

If you think you can come forward...we will try and get you the help and support that you need.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson

It has been requested that this baby be given an Islamic burial and we will be ensuring this is done.

We want to appeal for help from all communities to come forward and put an end to this investigation.

There is help available to Alia's family and the grieving process could be easier for you if you come forward and use the help that is available.

You may not get another opportunity and we don't want you to end up regretting this for the rest of your life.

– Bolton Council of Mosques (BCOM)


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