A small town was changed forever when the body of a newborn was found wrapped in toilet paper and dumped inside a bloodied toilet at a caravan park 20 years ago.
Residents of Kambalda, near Kalgoorlie have long wondered who was responsible for discarding the tiny baby boy in 1995.
A woman – alleged to be the baby’s mother, who was 14 at the time of the child’s death – was this week charged with murder.
The body of the newborn, who was named Rijul by investigators – meaning ‘innocent’ in Indian – was discovered by a cleaner working at the Kambalda Caravan Park.
The seven-pound baby had been wrapped in toilet paper and put in the toilet.
Pictured: The toilet Block in Kambalda Caravan park where an infant boy was found dead in 1995
The small mining town of Kambalda, near Kalgoorlie was changed forever when the body of a newborn was found wrapped in toilet paper and dumped inside a bloodied toilet at a caravan park 20 years ago
She has been extradited from Victoria to Western Australia where she will face Perth Children’s Court of Thursday.
A post-mortem found the Caucasian boy had died of suffocation.
The nightmarish scene has tormented many residents.
Alysha Steer, the daughter of the cleaner, remembered finding her mother in tears the day she found the tiny boy’s body.
‘She had gone into work about six o’clock that morning,’ she told The Kalgoorlie Miner.
‘She went to clean the toilets and one was filled with toilet paper. So she got her gloves on and went to go dig it out and (ended up) pulling Rijul out.’
The baby boy was named Rujil – meaning ‘innocent’ in Indian – by investigators and given a proper funeral, which was attended by more than 50 people in the community (Pictured: The cemetery where he was buried)
The owner of Kambalda Caravan Park at the time, Paul McGeever said he had nightmares after witnessing the grisly scene.
He had gone to investigate after being alerted to the incident by the cleaner and was confronted by blood splattered on the walls and over the floor.
A mass search was sparked with police going from home to home in the hopes of finding the mother.
A DNA testing station was also set up in the small town.
One woman who lived in the town at the time told the ABC everyone had gone down to get tested as they were wanting the mystery solved.
‘It was such a sad story, so everyone wanted to know who did it,’ she said.
She said she was devastated to learn how old the girl was at the time of the incident.
‘I feel really sorry for her, really sorry that she had no one that she could to turn to that she could ask for help,’ she said.
‘It would be a frightening experience to go through that, by yourself.’
Police will now investigate the circumstances surrounding the conception of the child given the alleged mother’s age at the time of the incident.
Journalist Peter Klinger was on the scene as police searched bushland near Kambalda after an infant was found dead in a toilet block
Photo of Civeo Kambalda Village Caravan Park (previously known as Kambalda Caravan Park)