The Metropolitan Police has released some images of an abandoned baby in the hope of trying to locate his mother.
A spokesperson for the Met said that the force is becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of the mother of the newborn baby who was found abandoned on a doorstep in Hackney on Saturday 25th January.
Detectives have urged the mother to come forward so that she can receive the medical care and support that she will need.
The Met confirmed that officers were called by a member of the public at approximately 11:40 hours on Saturday 25th January to Sandringham Road, E8, following reports that a baby had been abandoned at the location.
Officers arrived on scene within minutes, and he was taken to an east London hospital by the London Ambulance Service where he is said to be ‘safe and well’.
Hospital staff have named the baby ‘Edward’ — after the member of the public who found him and alerted police.
Baby Edward was found wearing a grey babygrow and a grey hat. He was also wrapped up in a white knitted blanket.
The Met confirmed that initial enquiries have established that the baby was born outside of a hospital environment.
Detective Sergeant Andy Barry, from Central East Area Safeguarding Unit, said:
“Baby Edward was only about 12 hours old when he was found abandoned on a doorstep in Sandringham Road. Edward is being well cared for by hospital staff and is a healthy, bonny lad.
“I am reaching out to Edward’s mother. You are my primary concern. I do not know the circumstances around Edward’s birth, but as a father myself, I understand how daunting becoming a parent can be.
“I can offer you help; please be assured that you are not in trouble.
“Edward is safe and well, and your health and wellbeing is our priority.
“To anyone who may know Edward’s mother, I’d urge you to come forward and help me locate her – this can be done in confidence.
“I’d also like to hear from anyone who was in the Sandringham Road area between 10 am and 12 pm on Saturday, 25th January.
“If you noticed anything or saw someone, please contact us as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 101 quoting Cad 3039/25Jan or stay anonymous by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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