Police Launch Appeal To Find Abandoned Baby's Mum
A newborn baby boy has been found abandoned on a doorstep in Hackney, east London, this weekend.
In what is the second case of a baby being abandoned in the UK in the last few days, police have launched an emotional appeal, urging the newborn's mum to come forward.
Officers were called to Sandringham Road just before midday on Saturday, following reports that a baby boy had been abandoned.
The baby - who was just 12 hours old and has now been named Edward - was taken to an east London hospital to be checked over. It has been confirmed he is doing well.
Detectives are growing increasingly concerned about Edward's mother, and are urging her to come forward so she can receive support and medical care.
Little Edward was wrapped in a white knitted blanket and wearing a grey babygrow and a grey hat. It's believed he was not born in a hospital environment.
Detective Sergeant Andy Barry said: "Baby Edward was only about 12 hours old when he was found abandoned on a doorstep in Sandringham Road. Edward is being well cared for by hospital staff and is a healthy, bonny lad.
"I am reaching out to Edward's mother. You are my primary concern. I do not know the circumstances around Edward's birth, but as a father myself, I understand how daunting becoming a parent can be.
"I can offer you help, please be assured that you are not in trouble. Edward is safe and well and your health and wellbeing is our priority.
"To anyone who may know Edward's mother, I'd urge you to come forward and help me locate her - this can be done in confidence.
"I'd also like to hear from anyone who was in the Sandringham Road area between 10am and 12pm on Saturday, 25 January. If you noticed anything or saw someone please contact us as a matter of urgency."
Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 101 quoting Cad 3039/25Jan or stay anonymous by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In the same weekend, police launched an urgent appeal to find a mum in Portsmouth, after a newborn baby was found abandoned on a street.
Tragically, the baby had already passed away.
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