Baby girl found dead in Bolton is named Alia by police

Flowers laid at the scene of where the baby was found The baby's body was found in Ox Hey Lane Lostock by walkers

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A baby girl found dead in a country lane in Greater Manchester has been named Alia by police.

Officers believe the baby, who was found on Thursday in Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, Bolton, by two dog walkers, was between one and three days old.

Her family has not been traced but a message left with the body requested she receive an Islamic burial.

Police gave the baby the name, meaning beautiful, after discussions with the Bolton Council of Mosques.

Officers laid flowers at the scene where she was found earlier.

'Extremely upsetting'

A mobile police station has been set up on Ox Hey Lane and police are appealing for anyone with information about the baby's family to contact them.

The ethnicity of the baby is not known and it is not yet known whether the baby was alive when it was left at the scene, police said.

Post-mortem examinations proved inconclusive and further tests are to be carried out.

Ch Insp Carol Martin said: "This is obviously an extremely upsetting case to investigate.

"Many officers involved are themselves parents and so they wanted to give her a name.

"It has been a week since Alia's body was found and we remain deeply concerned about the emotional and physical state of her parents, in particular her mother who is likely to require medical attention.

"Our main priority at the moment is to reunite Alia with her family."

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