Police organised a public funeral for a baby girl who was found dead on a footpath.

UK police have organised a public funeral for a baby girl who was found dead on a footpath, after no family members came forward to claim her.

Members of the public will mourn the death of the abandoned infant, named Raihana by detectives, on Tuesday, reports 7 NEWS.

The stillborn baby was discovered inside a black bag on a path in the town of Marston, Oxford, in February.

After appealing for the girl’s parents to come forward with no luck, police organised for the public funeral to be held.

The heartbreaking circumstances brought Detective Inspector Jim Holmes to tears last week, in a final plea to find the baby’s family.

In their absence, generous members of the public have joined together to raise more than $3500 in Raihana’s name.

Det Insp Holmes said the abandoned child deserved a proper send off.

“Dealing with any person’s death is a tragic event, but when you’re dealing with a child’s death it’s much more penitent, especially if you’re a father or a mother yourself.”

UPDATE 19 October

Almost 150 people have attended the funeral of a stillborn baby girl, who was abandoned by her family and left on a footpath in the UK, reports 7 news.

The mourners, all dressed in black, gathered around the tiny white coffin to pay their respects to the infant, standing in for her family who failed to come forward to claim her.

So very sad.

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  • What a sad story ! Trashed like it was nothing worthy.
    In a way I’m glad the baby wasn’t able to feel any abandonment as it was stillborn.


  • This is horrific. That poor little darling. I hope lots of people turn up to the funeral, even though they’re strangers


  • A terribly sad story and praise for the people that organised the funeral for this poor little baby.


  • This is so sad but also such a warming end at least the baby is put to rest and has someone to say a proper goodbye.


  • The parents are most likely too scared to come forward. At the very least they would be charged not reporting the baby’s death.


  • It shocks me that people can treat their own flesh and blood so appallingly. It is also heartwarming to know that there are also so many kind good people out there.


  • Organizing the funeral for the little girl was a beautiful gesture.
    A little respect for this little girl that didn’t receive any respect from her parents. :-(


  • It’s such sad yet hearfelt news to hear baby Raihana’s death did touch strangers’ hearts. May she rest in peace.


  • Very sad story,thank-you to the police for organizing her funeral.


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