• Male.
  • Light skinned.
  • One-day-old infant.


  • Rubbish collected from the Stirling area early Tuesday 12 June 2007.
  • Rubbish sorted in a Malaga waste sorting complex.
  • Infant located inside a plastic shopping bag inside a brown handbag.
  • Infant believed to have been just one day old when he died.
  • Infant may have been dead for up to one week before being found.



At the Malaga Industrial Waste Sorting Complex, situated on Alexander Drive, whilst sorting through household waste collected from suburban rubbish bins in the Stirling area, employees located the body of a deceased infant in a handbag.


Rubbish collected from the Stirling area was delivered to the Waste Sorting Facility.

Around 10:45am on Tuesday 12 June 2007, in the process of removing recyclable material, a worker noticed a brown handbag on the conveyor belt. The bag was removed and under closer inspection, a deceased male infant was found inside a shopping bag within the handbag. It is believed that the infant was only one day old when he died and may have been dead for up to one week before being found.

The mother and father of the baby have never been identified.


The infant was given the name of ‘Luke’ after the media dubbed him ‘Baby in the bag’.

There was an outpouring of grief in the community and a funeral was held for ‘Luke’ on Thursday 19 July 2007 at Karrakatta Cemetery.

The person or persons responsible for the infant’s death have not yet been identified.

If you have any information about the death of the male infant, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report below. Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are offered.

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