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Newborn baby found abandoned in Birmingham park

2013-10-31 18:48:49

The girl was found by a dog walker and taken to
hospital by paramedics

A newborn baby has been found abandoned in a park in Birmingham.

The girl, who is white and weighs about 6lbs (2.7kg), was found wrapped in a towel in a bag in a community park off Stuarts Road in Stechford at about 14:00 GMT, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

She was found by a dog walker and taken to hospital by paramedics.

Police have launched an investigation and have appealed for the mother to come forward.

Ch Insp Ian Green from West Midlands Police said the baby was thought to be about 24 hours old and was "recovering well" in hospital.

'Shocked and petrified'

He said: "It was a member of the public's dog that was attracted to some bushes and inside a carrier bag the baby was found."

He added the baby was wrapped in a light blue towel, inside a carrier bag from The Entertainer toyshop.

Lesley Newman-Brown, who lives opposite the park, said she had spoken to the man who found the baby.

"He was shocked and petrified. You could see it in his face. He is not long out of hospital himself, but he's a hero as far as I'm concerned," she said.

Ch Insp Jack Hadley said: "Now that we know the baby is safe and in the care of professionals, our priority is to find mom.

"She may be in need of urgent medical attention and we need her to contact us as soon as possible."

A police spokesman said the park was well-used and the baby was believed to have been there for about 30 minutes before being found.

The West Midlands Police helicopter and dog teams are being used in the search for the girl's mother.


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