A shoe box like the one unknown baby 'Bridget' was found in.
A shoe box like the one unknown baby 'Bridget' was found in. NSW Police

Officers farewell unknown baby

TWO years after her tiny body was found in a discarded, dirty shoe-box, the abandoned baby girl known only as Bridget was finally laid to rest by police officers struggling to understand why no-one ever came forward to claim her.

Dressed in black, about 20 officers gathered at Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery where the unknown baby was buried with dignity in a small white coffin covered in pink roses.

On August 19, 2010, a gardener working on a block of units in Sydney found the girl buried inside a polka dot printed box.

Police christened her Bridget after the patron saint of babies.

Earlier in the week, detectives made a final plea for Bridget's mother, or anyone who may know her family, to come forward, but by Thursday no-once had called.

At the service, Reverend Ken Fischer said Bridget's life was no less significant than anyone else's and the "love and care" shown to her by others was inspiring.

Detective Inspector Paul Arnold told reporters the funeral was not a ploy to charge anyone with an offence, but simply to give the mother, wherever she was, closure.


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