Police are searching for a missing mum after she left her newborn son in a park just hours after he was born.
A baby boy found in a park just hours after he was born is “healthy and doing well” – but police have said they are “concerned” for his missing mum.
The newborn was discovered dressed in a T-shirt and wrapped in a blanket at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham in the UK at around 5.30pm on Thursday last week.
West Midlands Police said the baby was full-term, likely to have been born the same day and abandoned hours later.
As he was found the day before St George’s Day – England’s national day – hospital staff have named him George.
Photos of George surrounded by cuddly toys were shared online in the hope his mum would see them and come forward.
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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 OK.
“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.
“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.”
DI Hunt went on to say that it is understood that George was not given birth to in a 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,” he said.
“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.”
DI Hunt said George was born full-term on the day he was left and weighed 3.3kg.
He added: “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.”
Police have released CCTV footage of a woman was in the area at the time although her identity is yet to be confirmed.
If she is the mum, the woman in question is in her late teens or early twenties, about 167cm and with long brown hair, police said.
DI Hunt revealed that once George is out of the hospital, he will go into foster care.
“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.
“Although this is rough ground it is visible and well-used by dog walkers as it was at the time.
“I think whoever laid baby George here wanted him to be found.”
Pictures released of newborn’s clothes and blanket
Police also released pictures of the clothes the infant was wearing when he was found – wrapped in a grey-and-white zigzag patterned blanket.
He had an orange striped T-shirt with a picture of a dinosaur on the front below the words ‘Dino Dude’ and grey bottoms.
Police also released footage last week of a woman walking along Shannon Road just before 5.10pm on the day the baby was found.
In a statement issued on Sunday, police said: “We’re appealing directly to the mother of the boy or anyone who knows who she is to please get in touch.
“If anyone recognises the woman in the CCTV, please get in touch, she may hold vital information.”
Hero dog alerts owner to baby in bushes
The frantic search comes after a hero husky found the newborn under a park bush and “gently nudged him awake,” his owner said.
Terry Walsh, 64, heard the baby crying after husky Hel ran over, lay beside the bundle and began “gently nudging” the baby 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?”
Locals who might have information are being urged to contact the West Midlands Police.
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