Baby Maria thriving with foster family - but mother still not found
An infant abandoned on the side of the road last year is getting ready to celebrate her first birthday in the care of a foster family this weekend.
But the mother of Baby Maria has not been located, and gardaí are still appealing for her to come forward.
Baby Maria was just a day old when she was found wrapped in a black plastic bag on a roadside in Rathcoole in west Dublin on May 8 last year.
The baby girl was placed into the care of foster parents following her release from hospital.
Baby Maria is now said to be thriving in the care of her foster parents.
A garda spokeswoman said: "The investigation is still ongoing as baby Maria celebrates her first birthday. Anyone with any information as to the identity of the baby's mum should come forward. All appeals still stand."
Baby Maria was discovered last May by a motorist who had pulled into a gate on Steelestown Lane near Rathcoole, and the infant was swaddled in a fleece blanket wrapped in a bin liner inside a Marks & Spencer carrier bag.
The 6lb baby was exposed to rainfall and temperatures of 6C when she was discovered and still had her umbilical cord attached when she was taken to the Coombe Hospital in Dublin to be treated.
Family and Childcare agency Tulsa released a photograph of the newborn to the public last year, but gardaí confirmed they would not be releasing an updated image of the baby ahead of her milestone birthday.