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Police release CCTV of woman in hunt for mother of abandoned baby boy


Detectives have today released the first picture of a baby boy who was found by a dog in a park as they launched a desperate appeal for his mother. 

The baby, thought to be just hours old, was found at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham, last Thursday evening.

The newborn has since been named George by hospital staff looking after him, because he was discovered just before St George’s Day. 

CCTV captured footage of a woman thought to be in her late teens or early twenties walking along the road moments earlier and police believe she may be the mother.

Today police renewed their appeal for information saying they were concerned for her welfare because she gave birth away from hospital, ‘because of the way the umbilical cord was cut.’

Appealing directly to the mother, Detective Inspector Neil Hunt, who is leading the investigation, 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.’ 

The force also revealed baby George will go into foster care once he is discharged from hospital.

Police said today: 'Baby George is healthy and doing well. But sadly we've still not been able to find his mother'

Police said today: ‘Baby George is healthy and doing well. But sadly we’ve still not been able to find his mother’

Baby George, thought to be just hours old, was found at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham

Detectives renewed their appeals for information at a press conference and released a photo of baby George today

Baby George, thought to be just hours old, was found at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham

CCTV footage shows a woman walking along Shannon Road just before 5.10pm that afternoon

CCTV footage shows a woman walking along Shannon Road just before 5.10pm that afternoon

The force said: 'We're appealing directly to the mother of the boy or anyone who knows who she is to please get in touch'

The force said: ‘We’re appealing directly to the mother of the boy or anyone who knows who she is to please get in touch’

Semi-retired royal engineer Terry Walsh (pictured), 64, was left stunned when his female dog, Hel, miraculously uncovered the hours-old infant wrapped in a blanket at The Mound in Kings Norton

Semi-retired royal engineer Terry Walsh (pictured), 64, was left stunned when his female dog, Hel, miraculously uncovered the hours-old infant wrapped in a blanket at The Mound in Kings Norton

He was wearing an orange striped T-shirt with a picture of a dinosaur on it and the words 'Dino Dude'

He was wearing an orange striped T-shirt with a picture of a dinosaur on it and the words ‘Dino Dude’

Baby George was found on April 22 and the force said today: ‘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.’

Appealing to the mother, Detective Inspector Neil Hunt added: ‘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. 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.’ 

Speaking at the scene where baby George was found on top of a grassy mound surrounded by trees, DI Hunt added: ‘We know mum gave birth away from hospital because of the way the umbilical cord was cut.

‘It has been my focus since a week ago that we find mum to make sure she gets any support and medical attention. I am really concerned for her.

‘Giving birth at any time is quite a significant medical event but if she’s done it away from hospital then that raises it even more. 

‘We want her to know she’s not in any trouble and won’t be dealt with as such. My primary focus is her wellbeing and getting her any support.’

DI Hunt said George was born full-term on the day he was dumped and weighed 7lbs 4oz. ‘He is now in hospital and in really good condition, getting on really well and feeding well and gaining weight.

‘He will be discharged shortly so it’s important mum knows he’s really well. We released some CCTV of a lady who was in the area at the time.

‘I can’t say whether that was the actual lady who had the baby or not but we know she was in the vicinity at the right time and may have some pertinent information.

‘So I would request if she sees that that she comes forward. What I can say is that we did have a witness in this area here who may have seen the mum. If that lady was the mum we would describe her as late teens early twenties.

‘She was white, about five foot six, she had brown long-length hair in a ponytail with some hair down the sides. She was described as heavy build and wearing what we believe to be grey joggers. 

‘So if someone sees someone matching that description please come forward. Our suspicions are, but I can’t say for sure, that mum lives close to round here.’ 

The newborn has since been named George by hospital staff, because he was discovered the day before St George's Day.

The newborn has since been named George by hospital staff, because he was discovered the day before St George’s Day.

George was found by a husky dog named Hel, belonging to semi-retired royal engineer Terry Walsh, 64. 

George was born full-term on the day he was dumped and weighed 7lbs 4oz. Pictured, The Mound off Shannon Road, Kings Norton in Birmingham whre he was found

George was born full-term on the day he was dumped and weighed 7lbs 4oz. Pictured, The Mound off Shannon Road, Kings Norton in Birmingham whre he was found

Without the help of his husky Mr Walsh said he would have walked by what he thought was a discarded blanket.

He said Hel ran over, lay beside the rolled-up shawl and began ‘gently nudging’ the baby with her nose.

The 64-year-old said: ‘I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn’t walk 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 bitch’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?’  

The child was found by a passing dog walker in a park known in Birmingham as The Mound, off Shannons Road in Kings Norton

The child was found by a passing dog walker in a park known in Birmingham as The Mound, off Shannons Road in Kings Norton

George was wearing a £1 Matalan striped orange T-shirt with a picture of a dinosaur on it and the words ‘Dino Dude’. He also wore grey bottoms and was wrapped in a white-and-grey blanket with a zig-zag pattern.

DI Hunt also revealed baby George will go into foster care once he is discharged from hospital.

He said: ‘It is important mum comes forward so we can take those next steps. We know he was found about 30 to 40 minutes after being left here. 

‘I think whoever laid baby George here wanted him to be found. We believe that George is white, but can’t really say anymore than that, just by the colour of his skin. 

‘We are really genuinely concerned about mum’s wellbeing. She’s given birth which can be a traumatic experience in itself, so my priority is her at this moment in time.’

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.



Source | dailymail

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