First pictures of baby boy found abandoned in park as police search for mum

Barney Davis
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Police have released pictures of a baby boy who was abandoned in a park in the West Midlands

The newborn baby was discovered wearing a £1 Matalan T-shirt at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham at around 5.30pm on Thursday evening last week.

West Midlands Police said the baby was full-term and was likely to have been born hours before he was abandoned. 

The baby was found the day before St. George’s Day, and has been named George by the hospital staff looking after him.

 (West Midlands Police)
(West Midlands Police)

Detective Inspector Neil Hunt said: “I am reaching out to George’s mother.

“You are my primary concern right now, and we really need to make sure you’re okay.

“I don’t know the circumstances around George’s birth but, as a parent myself, I know exactly how overwhelming becoming a parent can be.

“We’re ready to offer you any help and support you may need.

“George is safe and well, and your health and wellbeing is our priority - please be assured that you are not in any trouble.

Hospital staff have named the baby GeorgeWest Midlands Police
Hospital staff have named the baby GeorgeWest Midlands Police

“If anyone thinks they know who George’s mother is, I’d urge you to come forward to help me locate her − you can contact us in confidence.”

On Thursday the force tweeted: “Baby George is healthy and doing well. But sadly we’ve still not been able to find his mother.

“We’re very concerned for her and want to check she is doing okay, both physically and mentally.

“Giving birth is a big thing and we’re concerned she will need medical help.”

Last week police released footage of a woman walking along Shannon Road just before 5.10pm on the day the baby was found.

Footage of woman who may have info about a baby boy found in Kings NortonWest Midlands Police
Footage of woman who may have info about a baby boy found in Kings NortonWest Midlands Police

In a statement issued on Sunday, they said: “The baby boy was possibly only hours old when he was found, clothed and wrapped in a blanket, by a dog walker.

“He is being cared for at hospital where he is thought to be full-term, healthy and doing well.

“Sadly we’ve still not been able to find the mother of this little boy.

“We’re very concerned for her and want to check she is doing OK, both physically and mentally.

“This is our only concern right now, giving birth is a big thing and we’re concerned she will need medical help.

“This must be a very difficult time for her so we’re keen to talk to her as soon as possible.”

Baby GeorgeW Midlands police
Baby GeorgeW Midlands police

George was discovered by a dog walker when his husky went over to a pile of clothes and nudged him awake.

Terry Walsh, 64, heard the baby crying after his dog “Hel” prodded him with her nose.

Mr Walsh told Birmingham Live: “As we walked through to the top of The Mounds, looking down towards Shannon Road, there was a lot of glass that had been smashed.

“To my left there was a rolled up blanket just under the bushes. I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn’t go over the glass, and she went off to the blanket, lying next to it and started nudging it with her nose very gently.

“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 ragdoll and then you’ve also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there. How would they treat a baby?”

People can contact West Midlands Police via their website or by calling 101 and quoting log 3476 of April 22.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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