Birmingham: CCTV captures woman after baby abandoned
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First pictures of the tot have been shared by police as they desperately appeal for his mother to come forward. The baby has been named George by staff caring for him – because he was found the day before St George’s Day, on Thursday, April 22.
He was discovered on open parkland known as The Mound in Kings Norton, Birmingham.
Police believe George, who was dressed in baby clothes from Matalan and wrapped in a blanket, was just hours old, Birmingham Live reports.
Det Supt Anastasia Miller, of West Midlands Police, said “the most important person to him right now is his mum”.
Addressing her, Ms Miller said: “However worried you may be, clearly you’re in a difficult position, for whatever reason you decided you had no other option but to leave your baby son where you did.”
The detective said the mum “clearly looked after” him and “does deeply care about him”.
I thank the Lord that the baby was alive, that could’ve been a lot worse. The baby could’ve been dead.
Terry Walsh, the dog walker who found the baby
George was taken to hospital and is “doing really well” there.
Terry Walsh, 64, said his Husky dog Hel “gently nudged” the newborn and he started crying. He believed his dog was “sent from heaven to rescue the newborn baby boy.”
The semi-retired royal engineer said: “Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel’s gentle nudging and the heat from my Husky’s body that woke the baby up.
“A bigger dog or another dog with a different temperament might well have just ripped and tugged at the blanket and the baby could have been treated like a rag doll and then you’ve also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there. How would they treat a baby?
“I thank the Lord that the baby was alive, that could’ve been a lot worse. The baby could’ve been dead. I said to my neighbours, Heaven sent Hel to rescue a newborn baby boy.”
The baby was dressed in an orange and white stripey ‘Dino Dude’ tee-shirt, which costs £1 from Matalan, grey trousers and was wrapped in a grey and white zig zag pattern blanket.
Police said they they want to trace a white woman, aged in her early 20s, who was seen by several witnesses around the time the baby was abandoned.
Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch with West Midlands Police either by Live Chat or calling 101, quoting log 3476 of April 22.
Information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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