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CCTV bid to trace newborn's mother

Police trying to trace a mother who abandoned her baby boy in hospital just hours after giving birth have released CCTV footage of her in a bid to find her.

In a case dubbed "heartbreaking" by officers, the mother was last seen walking towards the car park at Newham General Hospital in east London on Wednesday. She had given her name as Katalena Sctarra and said she was from Birmingham and aged 25.

'Miss Sctarra' went into labour outside a shop in East Ham on Wednesday evening, prompting a passer-by to call an ambulance.

She was taken to hospital and gave birth just minutes after arriving to a 5lb 1oz boy, who has since been called Charlie by nurses.

But just before midnight she went outside the hospital to have a cigarette and then disappeared.

Police trying to trace her have released CCTV images of her leaving the hospital.

In the pictures, she can be seen walking along the hospital corridor from the delivery suite to the exit where she made off.

The woman is described as Eastern European, possibly Romanian, of slim build with blue or green eyes, shoulder-length blonde hair, and approximately 5ft 4ins.

She was wearing a grey bomber jacket with a pink zip and a multi-striped hooded jumper, and spoke broken English with an Eastern European accent.

In a direct appeal to her, Detective Sergeant Gerard Healy, of Newham Missing Persons Unit, said: "We are concerned for your welfare and I would urge you to make contact with us. It is really important that we know you are safe."

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