Dead baby found in Coles bag belonged to foreign student who complained of stomach ache and was surprised she was pregnant
- Possible murder investigated after newborn baby was found dead in a plastic bag
- Baby’s mother, in Australia on student visa, didn’t know she was pregnant
- Forensics found ‘Baby K’ was between 37 and 38 weeks of pregnancy
A coroner will investigate a possible murder after a newborn baby is found dead in a Coles bag.
The baby’s mother was an Indian woman in Australia on a student visa, who said she was “surprised” to find out she was pregnant.
Although police have not charged anyone, Victorian coroner Katherine Lorenz is convinced the baby was alive at birth and will investigate the cause of death.
Forensics revealed that the baby, designated Baby K, was between 37 and 38 weeks gestational at death, a judicial inquiry heard.
The student purchased laxatives from a pharmacy in Melbourne’s southeastern suburb of Cranbourne North on May 28, 2021, after a few days of constipation and abdominal pain.
The baby’s mother was an Indian woman in Australia on a student visa, who said she was “surprised” to find out she was pregnant. Pictured is a stock photo of an upset young woman
Two days later, on May 30, the woman went into the bathroom of her rented home in Clyde North, 46 km from Melbourne’s CBD, and “a blood flow was flowing”.
She asked her boyfriend to bring a bag to put her dirty clothes in Herald Sun reported.
He brought her a plastic bag from Coles and she put her clothes in it and cleaned herself in the tub.
The Coroners Court inquest heard that the young woman then felt “weak” and rested for a while before cleaning the bathroom and throwing away the Coles bag.
She reportedly does not remember where she left the bag, according to the investigation.
When a roommate returned from work around 4 p.m. on May 30, they were concerned about the student’s condition and suggested she go to a hospital.
Medical staff said she “seemed surprised” when they told her she was fully dilated and appeared to have just given birth.
The woman had surgery to remove the placenta and authorities were notified.
When police and paramedics went to her home a few hours later, just after midnight on May 31, they could not find a baby.
But around 11:30 a.m., a neighbor contacted police after finding the Coles bag in their backyard.
Inside the bag was Baby K, 600 ml of blood, blood-soaked slippers, sanitary towels and toilet paper.
“While it was not possible to determine with a high degree of certainty whether Baby K was born alive or dead, the findings of aerated lungs and gastric gas were highly suggestive of a live birth,” the inquest said.
The baby’s body was found in a Coles bag. Pictured is a stock photo of Coles plastic bag
It also appeared that no effort had been made to resuscitate Baby K, the inquest learned.
A DNA test revealed that the newborn was the biological child of the woman and a previous partner.
The student, her partner at the time and her roommates denied that she was pregnant.
“There is still an open question about the circumstances in which Baby K died and was discovered in a plastic shopping bag in the yard of a residence,” Ms Lorenz told the inquiry.
Baby K’s remains showed no evidence of physical trauma and no poisons were found in the body.
A five-day survey will be held in June.