Mother of murdered toddler Sanaya Sahib has appeared in court for the first time charged with murdering her little girl.

Little Sanaya’s body was found in a Heidelberg West creek in April, with mum Sofina Nikat claiming the 14-month-old girl was abducted during a trip to the park.

Ms Nikat this week appeared in court for a brief hearing via video link from the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

She had previously refused to appear in court after being charged by police in April, and medical experts had advised against it because of concerns about her mental health.

Prosecutors, who were expected to have a brief of evidence ready in June, asked to adjourn the hearing for two weeks while they waited for the analysis of pathology tests to be completed.

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge approved the adjournment request, demanding Ms Nikat in custody until August 31.

Ms Nikat had made a full confession, leading to her being charged with one count of murder.

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  • In the picture the mother looks loving and caring. What happened to her that she came to this act ?
    Poor precious Sanaya, rest in peace little one !


  • Although I’m appalled, I do alo feel pity r her.


  • I wonder if she had asked for help and her plea was ignored.
    If they don’t wantr her to appear in the actual courthouse, it should be done under Police guard at a police or hospital facility.


  • What she did is terrible and unforgivable.


  • of course her mental health is a problem, no one in their right mind murders their child but that shouldn’t stop her from being held accountable, she made the plan and carried it out, throw the book at her


  • Poor little girl. RIP :(


  • A beauitful little girl R.I.P. Sanaya.


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