The body of a baby boy has been discovered in woods at a golf course.
Merseyside Police said the body was found in a wooded area at Brackenwood golf course in Bebington, Wirral, on Friday.
A force spokesman said it was not yet clear when the child died, how long the body had been there or the cause of death.
Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Turner said: "This is obviously a very distressing incident but I want the public to be reassured that we will do everything in our powers to investigate what has taken place.
"I would ask that people avoid speculating about what has happened until the full facts are known.
"At this stage, all we can say is that the body of what appears to be a full-term baby boy was discovered in a wooded area on the golf course yesterday and police were alerted.
"A post-mortem will take place on Monday to establish how and when he died and how long his body was there before being discovered."
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.