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Baby Nicholas, mother unknown
By Vena McGrath   
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Last edited: Friday, May 01, 2009
Posted: Friday, May 01, 2009

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How would you handle finding an infant's body amongst rubbish being sorted at a rubbish tip?

The body of a new born baby boy was found in a routine rubbish sorting procedure at a rubbish tip in Sydney NSW Australia on February 11, 2009.  It is believed the baby would have been born the day before and how the body came to be at the rubbish dump is unknown except it is believed to have arrived with a load of rubbish on a truck.  The baby's body was wrapped in a blanket.  A post-mortem has been held but no results have been made public so far.

On May 1, 2009 a funeral took place at Rookwood Cemetary in Sydney and the baby's body was laid to rest in an area set aside for newborn babies "the baby lawn".  More than 100 strangers attended the burial and many shed tears for this little guy and the extremely sad way his life ended.  No one knows if he was still born or if he died some time after birth.  Perhaps it's a quiter thought to think that he was stillborn than to think of something worse at the hands of so-called human beings.

The baby was called Nicholas by the staff from the Coroner's office.  They had become attached to the baby during the time he was in the morgue (more than 2 months).  Four anonymous business groups came forward and offered to pay for his funeral and grave but apparently the Government stepped in and paid the bill.  That makes me glad as a taxpayer that I contributed a little to the right thing being done by this little guy.

There is no excuse for any mother or relative or friend of that mother to allow a baby's body to be disposed of in such a despicable way, no matter what the circumstances.  The woman/girl concerned decided to give birth to a baby and therefore was totally responsible for taking care of whatever needed to be taken care of.  As someone else is no doubt well aware of what happened and possibly assisted in the disposal of the baby, they too should pay the price.  What price a baby's life?

May the people responsible reap their rewards in the future and may they never have another day of peaceful thoughts.  Not even that price is high enough.

When I was doing a bit of research on this story I noted how many babies in recent years around the world have been dumped on rubbish tips or in garbage bins.  What kind of a society are we breeding where human life, so precious to most of us, is discarded like yesterday's vegetable peels?  The full extent of the law should be brought down on the heads of any people found guilty of these horrendous crimes because that's what it has to be - disposing of a baby's body for any reason has to be a crime with maximum time.   Only then perhaps these people with no morals or humane feelings will choose to seek help and do the right thing instead of being cowardly and inhumane.

I praise all those people who paid their respects to Nicholas, a child they never knew.  May their actions be seen and rewarded for what they were, unselfishly caring and sensitive to a baby who has no mother.





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