The relatives of murdered baby, Sanaya Sahib, have been the target of “malicious attacks”, including death threats.

Her mother Sofina Nikat, 22, was charged with her murder after making a “full confession” to police.

Police are disappointed by the behaviour of some members of the public who have “made assumptions that the extended family were involved in Sanaya’s death”.

The Age reports, in a letter to the editor, North West Divisional Commander Superintendent Tim Hansen revealed that the toddler’s relatives have been living in fear, after being abused at their home, in the local supermarket and on social media.

“Sanaya’s relatives and the extended families have had to deal with this difficult news whilst struggling with the loss of their baby girl, daughter, niece, granddaughter and loved one,” Superintendent Hansen wrote.

“Not only have they been facing these tragic circumstances, they have been the victims of malicious attacks in their own community.”

“People have no right to harass, intimidate and abuse this family. Vilifying them during their time of grief and need is both callous and unjustified,” he said.

“I remind people that Victoria Police does not tolerate violence, physical or verbal abuse and will prosecute those responsible for such conduct.”

No further details were provided of the abuse incidents.

Anyone with information about the abuse is asked to call to contact police or call Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000.

Previous info on this terrible story can be found here.

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  • A very sad situation for all concerned.


  • It’s just ill mannered, as well as cruel.


  • Kicking people when they’re down is gutless. Condolences to the family.


  • There is a lot of anger about this particular case, i guess the community are also grieving. Attacking the family is only dragging the pain on for everyone. Lets hope that we hear more about her court case and sentancing soon so that justice can be done.

    • Agreed, I think you’ve said this better than I could.


  • That poor family. As if they need that. My thoughts are with them


  • Some people give me the irrates! How about asking the children’s welfare dept why they stuffed up? What this mum did was wrong but did anyone think she may have been suffering from Post Natal Depression or worse still Peuperal Psychosis?


  • People can be so hateful and stupid. This family must be going through an unbearable time.


  • Oh for goodness sake thats just disgusting.
    As if they dont have enough to deal with.
    Why do people have to be so hateful?


  • This family has been though so much people should back of and leave them be. I understand they are angry but taking about on the family is not ok


  • Whilst the interviews with the family looked suss, the kother murdered her baby, and unless proven otherwise, not the extended family. A tragic situation and I’m sure they are all grieving


  • It musts be so painful. People can be so mean! :-(


  • In all honesty,its Heidelberg West,”malicious attacks” are a daily occurance in that area.a novel could be written with just one nights worth of drama that happens there.lived there for 4 years and doubt i ever slept easy or felt safe once that entire time.


  • The poor family.. This was the actions of her mother and the family will forever suffer the loss of their innocent member so they shouldn’t be targeted.


  • Terrible that the family who are already suffering are now having to deal with this.


  • While this is intolerable, I guess these people are targeting the family maybe because they can’t get to person who actually did it? I also think their nationality might have something to do with the attacks too. Such a terrible situation for all, caused by that terrible woman killing her own daughter


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