As morning walkers strolled the shores of Maroubra Beach, a sinister secret was uncovered by a pair of young boys playing in the sand.
An autopsy has failed to reveal how a newborn baby girl died after her body was discovered on the popular Eastern Suburbs beach.
Her umbilical cord was still attached, suggesting she wasn't born in a hospital.
The autopsy couldn't reveal if she ever took a breath.
The cause of death remains inconclusive and New South Wales' highest ranked officer has made a desperate appeal to the baby's mother and her friends.
"Come forward. Come talk to us, seek some advice we need to talk to you," said Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.
"Please, if you're a friend, a true friend, tell us - because we think that she might need some help."
"I think the whole community wants to see the mother looked after."
Hundreds of nippers had been competing just metres from the shallow grave when two boys - playing in the sand - found the decoposed body.
"And all of a sudden these police came screaming down with a very serious look on their face and they closed the beach," said Councillor Brendan Roberts.
The discovery of the baby's body in Maroubra, a week after a newborn was found alive in a Quakers Hill drain, has renewed the debate around baby hatches.
Asked about the issue, Police Minister Stuart Ayres said everything had to be on the table to support desperate families.
"There is no doubt we find ourselves with two cases that are currently under investigation that requires us to think seriously about what we need to help families that are in crisis," he said.
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