Friday 9 December 2016

Plight of baby Maria should trouble us all

Published 12/05/2015 | 02:30

The infant, no more than a day and a half old when discovered, was left wrapped in a fleece blanket, inside a black bin liner and a paper carrier bag on a side road near farmland near the Dublin-Kildare border (Garda Press Office/PA Wire)
The infant, no more than a day and a half old when discovered, was left wrapped in a fleece blanket, inside a black bin liner and a paper carrier bag on a side road near farmland near the Dublin-Kildare border (Garda Press Office/PA Wire)

Words like miracle have been robbed of meaning by overuse, but no other word better describes the story of the survival of the infant known as "baby Maria".

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The tiny girl survived up to 36 hours in a plastic bag on a desolate road. Thankfully, by a strange piece of happenstance, the tiny bundle was discovered.

But the story won't really have a happy ending until her mother is found. Nobody knows what torments she endured abandoning her baby. The gardaí and the health services are rightly concerned for her safety. Hopefully she can be traced and given the help she undoubtedly requires.

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