Sunday 4 December 2016

Abandoned baby Maria is 'thriving' but no sign of mother

Paul Williams

Published 21/09/2015 | 02:30

Baby Maria who was abandoned in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.
Baby Maria who was abandoned in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

A baby who was found abandoned on a country road last May is 'thriving' but gardaí have still not been able to trace her mother.

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Investigating officers at Clondalkin Garda Station have been unable to identify the woman despite exhaustive enquiries, and sources said that they are still "very concerned" for her well-being.

"We have still not located baby Maria's mother and we would appeal again for her mother or father or anyone else who may know anything to contact the gardaí," a garda source said.

"She has nothing to fear - we are concerned for her well-being and understand that she may still be traumatised and afraid.

"We are conscious that she may require medical and psychological support - any help she needs will be provided," the source added.

The Irish Independent understands that detectives interviewed medical authorities and doctors in a bid to identify all expectant mothers around the time that the baby was found.

It is understood that one female was identified as possibly being the mother but this was subsequently ruled out.

Baby Maria is "thriving" and being looked after by foster parents.

Doctors believe the infant was between 24 and 36 hours old when she was found by a motorist on Steelestown Lane near Rathcoole, County Dublin, at around 3.30pm on Friday May 8.

The baby was swaddled in a fleece blanket and wrapped in a bin liner, which was then placed inside a Marks & Spencer carrier bag.

Over 13mm of rainfall was recorded that day amid a constant, torrential downpour, and temperatures dropped to just six degrees.

Maria will have to remain in foster care until she is 18 because under law only a biological parent can sign the adoption papers.

Irish Independent

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