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Body of newborn baby girl found dumped in a wheelie bin

By Tom Wilkinson

A new-born baby girl's body has been found in a wheelie bin in England.

A member of the public rang the police after discovering the infant at around 2.40pm on Monday in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Police have expressed concerns for the welfare of the mother, who has not been traced yet.

Forensic officers yesterday picked their way through refuse left in bins on the small Whitcliffe Grange estate on the outskirts of the historic market town. Some were heard to retch at the unpleasant job they had to do, sifting through waste including nappies.

Paramedics had been called to the housing development's communal waste area, but they were unable to revive the girl who was pronounced dead at the scene.

North Yorkshire Police has said the mother was likely to be in a very distressed state.

Inspector Mark Gee said previously: "Inquiries are at a very early stage and our primary concern is to locate the mother of the new born baby girl to ensure that she receives urgent medical care.

"It is highly likely that the mother is in a very distressed state and needs professional support.

"We urge her to contact the police or medical staff as a matter of urgency."

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