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.
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