Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Newborn girl found dumped in park

A newborn baby has been found abandoned in a carrier bag in a park.

West Midlands Police have launched a search for the mother of the baby after she was discovered by a resident.

The baby girl was found wrapped in a blanket in the bag in a community park off Stuarts Road in the Stechford area of Birmingham just after 2pm.

She was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she is being assessed by medical staff.

The baby is believed to be in a stable condition, a West Midlands Police spokesman said.

Chief Inspector Jack Hadley appealed for the baby's mother to come forward at the earliest opportunity.

He said: "Now that we know the baby is safe and in the care of professionals, our priority is to find mum.

"She may be in need of urgent medical attention and we need her to contact us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 as soon as possible.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said: "We can confirm we went to an incident in a park in Stechford this afternoon.

"A baby girl was treated by ambulance staff and taken to a local hospital for assessment and treatment."

Chief Inspector Ian Green said police had a call just after 2pm from a member of the public to say they had found a baby under a bush.

"We attended and found a baby wrapped in a light blue towel in a carrier bag."

He said the child was less than 24 hours old, and had been there for about half an hour.

"She has been taken to hospital and is doing really well. Our concerns now are for the mother to make sure she gets the medical attention she needs."

He appealed to anyone with information to ring police on 101, or for the mother to go directly into local A&E or a doctor's.

His message to the mother was: "You are not in trouble, we need to get you back together with your lovely daughter."

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