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Concerns for baby-in-bag's mother

Published 15/05/2015

Gardai investigate at the scene where a baby was found abandoned on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, last Friday, as they issued a fresh appeal for information to try to identify the baby and her parents
Gardai investigate at the scene where a baby was found abandoned on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, last Friday, as they issued a fresh appeal for information to try to identify the baby and her parents

A baby girl found abandoned in a shopping bag in Dublin is doing well and her mother has nothing to fear by coming forward to the authorities, investigators have said.

A week after the newborn - named Maria by hospital staff - was discovered on a roadside at Rathcoole, gardai canvassed motorists and passers-by at the spot in an attempt to jog their memories for any clues.

Despite extensive inquiries and checking with hospital maternity wards, they have drawn a blank in identifying the baby's parents.

Superintendent Brendan Connolly reassured the parents they were not treating the matter as a criminal investigation and were only concerned with the welfare of the baby's mother.

"The mum has nothing to fear, absolutely nothing to fear by coming forward to us," he said.

Tusla, the state's child and family welfare agency, is currently caring for the baby.

"We just want to ensure the mum is okay, that she receives any psychological or medical help that she requires and that they (Tusla) can help her to move forward and help her with her baby to move forward," added Supt Connolly.

Although a number of people have forward with information, there have been no clues to date leading gardai to the identity of the mother.

There is no evidence to suggest the baby girl, who is white, was born to parents from outside the jurisdiction.

The baby is "doing well" in the Coombe Hospital where she is under medical care, gardai said.

She was found wrapped in a Primark fleece blanket and a black bin liner, inside a Marks & Spencer carrier bag, by a couple who pulled in on the Steelstown Road in Rathcoole around 3.30pm last Friday.

Gardai returned to the scene today in the hope of speaking to anyone who was in the area a week ago.

Sergeant Maeve O' Sullivan, of the Garda Child Protection Unit, made a direct plea for the mother to get in touch.

"This little girl is doing well," she said.

"I am appealing to the mum to come and see her baby in the Coombe Hospital.

"I am asking for mum to please contact me personally or any member of Tusla or the medical profession so you can see your daughter.

"We remain anxious for the mum to seek medical attention and would also appeal to anyone who can help us in this regard to now do so by contacting me."

Sgt O' Sullivan can be contacted on 01 666 7600 or Tusla can be contacted on 01 620 6387.

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