A post-mortem examination to be conducted today could help police work out what happened to a baby before it was buried on a beach in Sydney’s south-east, officers say.
Two boys, aged six and seven, found the baby’s naked body while they were digging in the dunes at Maroubra Beach on Sunday morning.
The body was about 30cm below the surface of the sand.
It has not been identified and its decomposing state has made its age and gender difficult to determine.
Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate said the results of the autopsy would hopefully help investigators answer a range of questions about the baby and what happened to it.
“Until we get the results of the post-mortem we are a little bit hamstrung to work out exactly what’s happened,” he said.