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Mother of abandoned baby found

The mother of a newborn baby who was found abandoned on a doorstep has been located by police.

The baby boy was discovered in the early hours on a street in Horden, County Durham, and was taken to hospital where he was declared fit and well.

Durham Police confirmed the mother of the child, who has been named Jack by staff at North Tees Hospital, has been found in good health and is being looked after by officers.

Earlier today Detective Inspector Aelfwynn Sampson, Durham Police, said: "We can confirm that a newborn baby was found at 4.48am on the doorstep of a property in the Horden area today.

"The little boy was taken North Tees Hospital and is thankfully fit and well.

"We are now working closely with our partners at Durham County Council's children services as part of this investigation.

"However, our priority is that mother and baby, who has been named Jack by hospital staff, get all the support necessary."

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