Thursday 20 October 2016

Gardaí appeal to mum after newborn baby found in bag on road

Robin Schiller

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

Gardai have renewed their appeal for the mother of a newborn baby girl found in a plastic bag on the side of an isolated road to come forward.

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The baby girl was spotted by a passer by on Steelstown Road, Rathcoole, County Dublin yesterday afternoon, at approximately 3.30pm.

Gardai have confirmed that the baby was a newborn - and have revealed that she had been fed.

"Based on medical opinion the baby girl may have been born 24–36 hours prior to her discovery," a garda spokesman said.

"She was fed and nourished. The baby remains in a stable condition under the care of hospital staff.

Superintendent Brendan Connolly, Clondalkin Garda station, reiterated that "Gardaí are concerned for the welfare of the mother of this child and are appealing for her to seek immediate medical treatment and to contact Gardaí who are anxious to reunite her with her baby. Gardai will deal with this matter with the utmost sensitivity and care for both mother and child.”

The scene at Windmill Lane Rathcoole where a baby was found abandoned.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.
The scene at Windmill Lane Rathcoole where a baby was found abandoned. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Gardaí close the road in Steelstown, Co Kildare, where the baby was found.

Investigations are on going and An Garda Síochána  continue to liaise closely with the Health Service Executive in relation to this matter.

A passer-by alerted emergency services after finding the baby at Windmill Lane in Steelstown, near the Dublin/Kildare border.

"I know I saved this girl's life, but all I want now is for the mother to come forward," the man told The Star newspaper.

"I'm still in shock at what happened. But it is important the mother comes forward and gets whatever helps she needs."

It is understood that the man - who did not want to be named - was driving when he saw the baby in a black plastic bag by complete chance.

Gardaí were immediately concerned over the health of the newborn girl, after arriving at the rain-soaked scene at around 3.30pm.

Officers carried out emergency treatment on the baby as they waited for paramedics to arrive. The newborn was rushed to Tallaght Hospital and later on to the Coombe Hospital where her condition was later described as stable.

Gardaí swiftly issued an appeal for the mother to come forward amid concerns for her own welfare.

The road where the baby was found, just off the busy N7 dual-carriageway, was closed to allow forensic officers to carry out examinations of the area.

It is situated beside a derelict farm house, as well as the Blackchurch Inn, which has been closed for some time.

The road, which stretches for a few hundred metres, leads on to fields and farmland on both sides of the road, with trees partially cloaking the lane from the main road.

A man living close to the scene where the baby was found, expressed his shock at the discovery.

He said: "It's unbelievable to think that in this day and age something like this could happen."

The man also added that it was "lucky" that the newborn was found with heavy rainfall in the area yesterday.

"That's a very quiet road, normally. Apart from the odd car coming in off the N7, you'd rarely ever see a person walking down it, especially on a day like today.

"Thank God somebody noticed the baby, and hopefully she will be okay," the man added.

Local TD Derek Keating said efforts must be focused on helping the mother of the baby, saying that, as a community, "we need to carry this woman, this mother, through this very difficult time.

"It's my understanding that the baby is receiving all the support it needs now, so we must turn to helping this poor mother," he said, adding she clearly needed medical support.

The Dublin Mid-West representative said he was shocked that the baby had been abandoned. "It is very sad in the year 2015 that people find themselves in a situation where they can't express their feelings.

"I would appeal for this poor lady to come forward so in a very non-judgemental and supportive way we can help her through this trauma," he said.

Gardaí urged anyone who may have spotted a woman in a distressed state in the area, or who may have information regarding the mother to contact officers at Clondalkin Station on 01 666 7600 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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