Police have issued an urgent appeal for information after a newborn baby was found dead in Somerset.
The body of the baby boy was found by a member of the public in a private garden in Victoria Quadrant, in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary said they had been called at 8.50am on Saturday, and were treating the baby’s death as unexplained.
The force added that they were “extremely concerned” for the mother’s welfare, asking anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Buck said: “This is a very sad and distressing incident.”
In an appeal to the public, he asked: “Have you suspected somebody you know is heavily pregnant, but may not have been willing to disclose this? That person might have a connection with Victoria Quadrant? Their behaviour might have changed in the last 24 hours?
“You can contact us in complete confidence. Our priority right now is to find the mother of this child and support her, so please do the right thing,” he added.
Amanda Braund, of North Somerset Children’s Services, said: “I want to make a direct appeal to the mother.
“I can’t imagine what you’re going through but we want to help you. We have specially trained professionals who can support you and make sure you get the medical attention you need.
“Please get in touch with the police by calling 999 or your nearest hospital.”
Anyone who could help police find the mother is asked to call 999, while those with any other information should call 101, quoting reference number 5220278654
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