A newborn baby girl who was stuffed into a Tesco supermarket bag and dumped on a country lane may have lain dead for up to 11 days after unwitting passersby mistakenly assumed her body was ''rubbish.''

The youngster was left at the side of the road with a message saying: ''please, please bury him, Islamic burial please' after she lived for just a few hours.

But passing walkers and motorists who spotted the bag at the roadside thought it was litter with one witness believing the bag contained a toy doll. The truth emerged when a couple walking their dog picked the bundle up in order to place it in their own litter bin.

Despite an Asian woman being seen sobbing at the scene, neither the infants' mother or father have been traced.

Police named the child 'Alia' which means beautiful but 20 months on since the discovery in Lostock, near Bolton, Greater Manchester, a coroner recorded an open verdict after the identity of the girl and her cause of death remained a mystery.