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Australian cops probe baby graves

AFP-JIJI

Police in Australia began digging up a rural property Tuesday, searching for what reports said were “multiple babies” in secret graves.

Officers swooped on a house near Gin Gin, 370 km (230 miles) northwest of Brisbane, after a tip-off that children were born in secret and their bodies hidden on the property by the same family in the 1990s and early 2000s.

“I can confirm we are conducting investigations into information received regarding allegations a number of child births have been concealed on the property,” said cold case homicide Detective Inspector Mick Dowie.

“We will be interviewing a number of persons who may also be able to assist with our investigations over the coming days.”

He would not say how many children might have been born and buried there although the Brisbane Courier-Mail newspaper referred to “multiple babies in secret graves.”