Wednesday 22 November 2017

Gardai due to make fresh appeal to mother of abandoned baby

Primark blanket, M&S bag, and bin liner similar to ones found with abandoned baby from Friday
Primark blanket, M&S bag, and bin liner similar to ones found with abandoned baby from Friday Newsdesk Newsdesk

Gardai are to issued a fresh appeal for information to help trace the mother of a newborn baby girl found in a plastic bag on the side of an isolated road in Rathcoole last Friday.

Officers investigating the case said they are no closer to identifying the infant's parents - seven days on after she was found wrapped in a blanket placed in a Marks and Spencer bag.

At a press conference on Monday, Superintendent Brendan Connolly said they were "desperately anxious" to make contact with the mother who may need medical attention.

"We are very concerned for the welfare of the baby's mother," he said.

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Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has checked with a number of hospitals but has so far failed to establish where the infant was born.

Gardai have stressed that anyone with information has nothing to fear by coming forward.

The baby girl, who is being called 'Maria' by care officials, was between 24 and 36 hours old when she was found on Steelestown Lane, near Rathcoole, at 3.30pm last Friday.

A young couple discovered the infant when they pulled into a side road off the Dublin to Naas Road at the back of the Blackchurch Inn.

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It is understood the driver raised the alarm when he heard the baby crying inside a gate.

There was torrential rain at the time and the child was extremely cold but had not suffered any injuries.

The couple wrapped the girl, who is Caucasian, in a jacket while waiting for an ambulance.

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Speaking at a press conference in Clondalkin, Supt Connolly said he did not believe the infant had been there for very long.

The family law court granted an interim care order to facilitate medical care and the child is now doing well in the Coombe hospital.

Anyone with information about the baby or her mother have been urged to contact officers at Clondalkin Station on 01 666 7600 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

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