Body of newborn found on rural property near Coffs Harbour

The body of a newborn baby has been found partially buried on a rural property on the NSW Mid North Coast. 

Police discovered the body, believed to be a baby, after they were called to the home on Holloways Road, Sandy Beach, near Coffs Harbour, at around 12.30pm on Tuesday.

It is believed one of the dozen fruit pickers and backpackers who live on the property found the body, according to Nine News.

A post-mortem exam is being conducted to determine the baby’s gender, age and cause of death.

The body of newborn was found on rural property on Holloways Road, Sandy Beach. Source: Google maps

A NSW police spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald the baby was found outside on the property.

Several people were at the home at the time, but no other children, police said.

A 28-year-old woman, believed to be the child’s mother, was escorted to the hospital following the discovery, where she is undergoing treatment and being questioned by police.

"We've worked through a lot of witnesses, and a lot of people have been assisting us as part of the ongoing investigation," Coffs-Clarence Police District Detective Acting Inspector Peter O'Reilly told The Coffs Coast Advocate.

Soon after, officers discovered a human leg floating in the water at North Beach at Mylestom, south of Coffs Harbour.

The remains appeared to be two fully intact bones with a surfer or diver bootie on the end, according to Nine News.

Police reportedly said the remains were most likely a result of a shark attack.

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