Officers from the Metropolitan Police are appealing for information to trace the mother of a newborn baby that was found in Newham (east London) last night (31st Jan).
The child, a baby girl, is being cared for at an East London hospital where her condition is currently described as ‘stable’.
She has been unofficially named Roman by hospital staff after the road where she was found.
The baby girl was found just after 2200 hours last night in a small children’s play park on Roman Road, near to the junction with Saxon Road.
She was found by a woman who was walking her dog with her children when they heard the baby cry.
They immediately alerted the emergency services.
The baby girl was discovered in a shopping bag wrapped in a white towel on the floor next to a park bench.
She had not been hidden and there were no other people present.
Police are increasingly concerned for the welfare of the baby’s mother who may be in need of urgent medical assistance.
Police are urging her to contact them or the London Ambulance Service.
In a direct appeal to the child’s mother, Inspector Shane Clarke of North East Command Unit, said:
“We are growing increasingly concerned for your welfare and I urge you to make contact either with police, your local hospital or GP surgery.
“It is really important that we know that you are safe.
“I would also urge anyone who has information that could help us to reunite this baby with her mother to come forward.”
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the mother is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CAD7825/31JAN or Tweet @MetCC.
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We need places where vulnerable women can leave their babies in a safe place. Dire though this suggestion is, the mum must be in a very distressed state to have done this. It is a topic that needs to be discussed in all senior schools, so that if any girl finds herself in such distress, then the outcome has the best chance of a safety for both mum and baby. Somewhere like 24 hour supermarkets that are open all night comes to mind. A neutral place that anyone could visit, or even quietly have a side room, where anyone in distress can go and get help.