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Mother of Melbourne toddler Sanaya Sahib confesses to her murder

9News.com.au 9News.com.au 12/04/2016

Victorian Police have charged a woman with murder over the death of toddler Sanaya Sahib, who was found dead in a creek in a Melbourne park. © AAP Image/Facebook Victorian Police have charged a woman with murder over the death of toddler Sanaya Sahib, who was found dead in a creek in a Melbourne park. The mother of 14-month-old Sanaya Shahib, whose body was found in a creek in Heidelberg West in Melbourne, has confessed to her murder.

Victoria Police confirmed Sofina Nikat, 22, was charged with one count of murder this afternoon.

Nikat, of Mitcham, was arrested in Mount Albert about 8.35am and fronted an out-of-sessions hearing at the Melbourne West Police Station this evening.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey said the accused had made a "full confession" to the murder of her daughter, which is alleged to have occurred on Saturday.

Nikat originally told police she was walking through Olympic Park in Heidelberg West on Saturday morning when a man pushed her to the ground and "snatched" Sanaya from her pram.

She said the man, who she described as being of African appearance, had then run through the park.

Sanaya's father, Sameer Sahib, said he felt sick in the stomach after learning that his ex-partner had confessed to murdering their daughter.

"I haven't had any sleep and I can't eat properly," Mr Sahib told the Herald Sun.

He said he was driving to join the search for his daughter when he got the call that the child had been found dead.

Mr Sahib said he had separated from Nikat about a year ago and had been restricted from seeing Sanaya for the past six months.

However, he said he received a call from Nikat around a week ago asking him to see his daughter again.

"She just said it' been a long time, come see her," Mr Sahib said.

"It's a bit suspicious, I ­reckon."

The father said he had learnt that Sanaya and her mother were in ­contact with the department of human services but when he approached government agencies about them he was advised to contact a lawyer.

He said he trusted that they would safeguard the welfare of his child so that "nothing like this would ever happen."

Mr Sahib said he is now focussed on arranging Sanaya's funeral.

Nikat has not applied for bail and was remanded to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

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