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Dead baby found in garden

Police will make a public appeal for information today after the body of a newborn baby was discovered in a garden.



Wrapped in a shawl, it was found by a woman near her front doorstep in Tinline Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, at around 11am yesterday.

Emergency services were called but the child, thought to be up to a week old, was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

Detectives are now appealing for information to track down the baby's mother over concerns for her welfare.

Officers have not revealed whether the baby was a boy or a girl.

A cause of death has not yet been established and a post-mortem examination and further tests on the body are being carried out but there were no obvious signs of injury.

One theory police are examining is that the child was stillborn, perhaps to a mother who fell pregnant and could not tell anyone.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "An investigation has been launched and inquiries are ongoing."

Police are now carrying out door-to-door inquiries and a tent has been set up while forensic officers examine the spot where the baby was found.

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