A Melbourne mum will face court for a second time today charged with murder of her daughter after she confessed to Police.

Sofina Nikat, 22, is due to face the Melbourne Magistrates Court today after she was charged with one count of murder yesterday.  She briefly faced an out-of-sessions court hearing last night.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey told the short hearing Ms Nikat had made “full admissions” in a police interview to killing her 14-month-old daughter Sanaya Sahib after she was arrested in Mont Albert on yesterday morning.

Wearing thongs and a dark coloured cardigan, Ms Nikat clutched a book in one hand while her other hand supported her face at the short hearing.  When asked by the bail justice if she had been looked after in custody, to which she quietly responded with “yeah, yeah”.

Sanaya’s body was found in the Darebin Creek on Sunday less than 24 hours after Ms Nikat had told police her daughter had been snatched from her pram in a Heidelberg West park.

She initially told police that a random attack had occurred, with a man of African appearance pushing her to the ground before snatching her toddler.  She also said that the man smelled of alcohol and was wearing no shoes.

Both Mother and daughter from Mitcham, were staying with relatives in Heidelberg West after a separation between Ms Nikat and Sanaya’s father.

Ms Nikat did not apply for bail and was remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court today.

The grieving father of Sanaya has spoken to the Herald Sun about his heartbreak over his daughter’s death.

“I just feel sick to my stomach” Sameer Sahib told the newspaper.  “I’m really distraught at what ­happened. It hasn’t hit properly yet,” he said. “I just really want to find out what happened.”

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  • This is a shocking story that devastated so many. I think the public has been very quick to ridicule this mother and we all should have some empathy. Instead of blame.


  • This story breaks my heart & infuriates me at the same time!
    Child services were already involved, & because the decision was made to leave that little girl she is no longer alive.
    What drives a mother to kill her own daughter?
    & then make up such an elaborate story!
    The story was full of holes from the beginning.
    This is something that should never have happened!
    No excuse justifies this & I hope she spends the rest of her days behind bars!
    Not a hint of remorse appeared upon her face!
    Rest In Peace Sanaya :(


  • Poor Sanaya. She didn’t deserve this. I saw the video too. The mother going out of the park with the empty stroller. If really a man had taken the girl, she would be screaming, not walking so peacefully around.


  • The sad thing is that it seems the call to the ambulance the week before might have been connected.
    She walked so calmly into to the park with her and then so very calmly back out of the park without her. Broke my heart to that.
    Heaven has a new angel.


  • Devastating news. I’m not sure how I should feel. Was this a chronic case of post natal depression (something I could never understand) or premeditated murder to get back at a partner, or something else all together? Either way a poor defenseless child was needlessly taken away too soon. I just can’t get my head around it. But instead of locking her up and throwing away the key, I think we need to study people like this, see if we can work out the triggers and stop another child/ren from dying.


  • :( RIP angel. xxx


  • I can’t even begin to imagine what would possess a mother to do this to her child. Poor little angel, you did not deserve this xx


  • It seems such a shame that people that can’t cope with parenthood can’t look for help rather then resort to such drastic and tragic measures. There are people out there that are desperate to be amazing parents to any child.


  • Seriously she shouldn’t be called mother, she should be called monster. Poor darling innocent child.


  • Glad to see the truth has come out. Shame on her for this heartless act. I hope now that the judicial system punishes her to the full extent of the law. Given the footage before and after and the way she divised a cover story, i think the courts should have no qualm about sentencing her to life!

    • KNEW she did it from the beginning that story sounded like BS! She may hold up the Koran in the cop car but one day SHE WILL BURN IN HELL for taking the life of a precious baby. RIP little one.


  • I am so horrified that she did this. Poor innocent little girl. May she RIP


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