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Body of baby recovered from river

Published 24/06/2015

Police have begun an investigation after the body of a newborn baby was recovered from the River Taff
Police have begun an investigation after the body of a newborn baby was recovered from the River Taff

Police are appealing for the mother of a baby whose body was recovered from a river to come forward.

The newborn baby was retrieved from the River Taff in Cardiff shortly after 6pm yesterday, near the junction of Penarth Road and the Taff Embankment.

South Wales Police has appealed for help in finding the mother.

Detective Inspector Paul Latham said: "We want to locate the mother of this baby to ensure she receives the medical attention she needs."

"We appeal to her to contact us, so that we can provide her with the support and reassurance that she requires," he said.

"We want to hear from anyone who has any information concerning this incident or from anybody who may be able to assist us in identifying the mother of this baby who is believed to have been born within the last few days.

"Whilst this investigation is in its early stages, I want to stress that our priority is the safety and wellbeing of the mother at this time."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 and quote reference 1500224381.

News of the grim discovery has been met with shock and sadness from the local community as well as among the emergency services.

Jennie Griffiths, head of South Wales Fire and Rescue control, tweeted: "Incredibly sad news at the River Taff thoughts go to all emergency service crews working at the site."

Local resident Chris Piper also wrote: "Hearing about the baby's body in the Taff is horrendous ... RIP little one."

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