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A ‘no-go’ to visit the boutique where the death of a baby girl is being investigated

A man has been jailed for a year for murdering a newborn baby girl in a shop in Melbourne’s east.

In February, an inquest heard that the baby’s father had called the shop in Ballarat after his daughter’s body was discovered by a neighbour.

The shop owner told police the baby had died due to stress, but police found the body of a newborn girl on the doorstep of the premises.

Detectives arrested the man, who was charged with murder and attempted murder, but he was later released without charge.

A police spokeswoman said the man was found to be the father of the girl, and it was not known whether the baby died at the scene.

He was arrested in October 2016, when the baby girl was stillborn.

Detective Inspector Mark Evans said the mother had been working in the store and was not home when the body was found.

“We believe the circumstances surrounding the baby woman’s death were suspicious and are working closely with the coroner to establish exactly what happened,” he said.

Evans said it was unlikely the shop owner would be re-offending.

“(The) circumstances surrounding her death are so unique and so difficult that we are concerned she will face no further action,” he added.

Earlier this month, a court heard that police had conducted an autopsy on the baby.

She had been admitted to hospital after her body was uncovered in the shop, but had died of her injuries.

Her father, who has not been named, was arrested and charged with the murder and was remanded in custody.

Ms Smith said the family were deeply saddened by the outcome of the inquest.

“[The] family has been through hell,” she said.

“It’s all been a nightmare.

It’s been tough, we’ve been in and out of hospital.

We’re still struggling to get back on our feet.

I think we’re going to get through this together.”