A family is in mourning and a country in shock following the abduction and death of 15-month-old Sanaya Sahib in Melbourne over the weekend.
Here’s what we know about the crime and the short life of baby Sanaya.
The abduction and discovery
Sanaya Sahib's mother, Sofina Nikat, 22, told police she was walking along a bike path at Olympic Park Reserve in Melbourne around 10am Saturday when a man violently shoved her to the ground and snatched Sanaya from her pram.
Ms Nikat, currently the sole witness to the abduction, described the kidnapper as being of African appearance, roughly 180cm tall with short dark hair and aged between 20 and 30. She also claimed he was not wearing shoes and smelled strongly of alcohol.
Ms Nikat told police she had tried to chase the man, but he managed to flee across a nearby footbridge towards Northland Shopping Centre.
About 3pm on Sunday, roughly 17 hours after her abduction, the 15-month-old's body was found by locals in Darebin Creek in Heidelberg West.
A family, motivated by memories of their own missing child to take part in the search, made the heartbreaking discovery.
The identity of Sanaya's killer remains a mystery, but police say that they are directing every available resource at the case.
According to Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey, there is no firm suspect other than the alleged abductor. "We think it's completely random at this point in time," he told ABC.
Police spent the weekend searching the parkland surrounding Darebin Creek, before homicide detectives and forensic crews focused their attention on the Heidelberg West property where Ms Nikat and Sanaya had been staying for a few days prior to the toddler's death.