A silent and mutilated child, known as the silent or mute child, was reported missing in Victoria on Saturday.
The baby’s father told the ABC the baby was found on the bank of the Swan River by his neighbour.
The infant’s body was found in a shallow grave with a number of marks, including scratches and bruises, by the riverbank in Loughborough, about 80 kilometres from Victoria’s capital Melbourne.
“The child was found dead, with no signs of life or injuries, but no sign of the person or people who left him,” Detective Senior Sergeant Richard McLean told reporters.
“He was the first child to be found in this manner in his 40 years of life, so it’s not an unusual occurrence.”
The baby was reported as missing by his father when he returned home from work on Saturday, after his shift ended at 11:30pm.
His father said he was at work at the time and was “not sure” whether the baby had been found alive.
“I’m not sure what happened to him, but he was the quietest, sweetest little boy I’ve ever known,” the father, who gave his name as George, told reporters outside his home.
“When I went back into the house he was laying in bed with his blanket around him, with his clothes all folded up, and the blanket was folded over him, so I’m not really sure what he was doing.”
It’s hard to tell what time of day it was, I can’t remember, but it was dark outside, I think maybe 6 or 7 o’clock, so maybe he had just gone to bed.
“The police have also been called to the scene to conduct further investigations.
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