Baby found dead at Mernda’s home, woman airlifted to hospital

He found out what had happened when he turned on the news on Saturday morning.

“I almost choked when I heard it. It’s a quiet neighborhood with a lot of kids,” she said. “It’s tragic. I am shocked.

A neighbor placing flowers outside the house on Saturday morning.

A neighbor placing flowers outside the house on Saturday morning.Credit:Najma Sambul

Kinda Ismail, 45, who has lived on the streets for two years, said the woman was new to the suburb.

“They’re new here,” he said.

Ismail said the young family had moved in about six months ago.

Police tape cordoned off the perimeter of the house, on the corner of the quiet suburban street, on Saturday.

As police surveyed the scene, a small pink children’s bicycle could be seen leaning against a tree outside the home.

A small children's bicycle at the scene of the tragedy on Friday night.

A small children’s bicycle at the scene of the tragedy on Friday night.Credit:nine news

Police removed items in brown paper bags and plastic boxes from the house, while other officers approached neighbors asking for CCTV footage.

Cleaners also came to the house on Saturday morning, as worried and shocked neighbors gathered on the nearby sidewalk to discuss what had happened.

Darren Westbury, a 52-year-old father of two, was one of many neighbors who laid flowers in the front yard of the home early Saturday.

He found out about the tragedy on Facebook. “It’s horrible,” she said.

Anila Maharjan, 30, also expressed surprise as she laid flowers at the site.

“I am a mother and it hurts me. I have no words,” she said.

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