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Tears for 'baby Belle'

Appeal renewed for mum of tragic beach baby to seek support


A pall descended on the town of Balbriggan over the weekend as news broke of the tragic discovery of a new-born baby's body on Bell's Beach.

On Saturday morning, a local community volunteer cleaning up the beach, made the awful discovery and alerted the authorities.

Gardaí have named the baby girl 'Belle' and remain concerned for the welfare of her mother and renewed their appeal for her to step forward and seek the medical and psychological support she may need.

Following an post-mortem examination at the weekend, garda have ruled out foul play and have assured the mother that this is not a criminal investigation. The post-mortem also confirmed that the infant was a full-term baby girl.

Local gardaí have reached out to assure the mother that she will be treated with 'the utmost compassion and care' should she decide to step forward.

Speaking at a media briefing at the weekend, Sgt Fiona Savidge appealed for the mother to come forward or to make contact with either a doctor or a hospital emergency department. She stressed that the Garda's main concern was the woman's wellbeing. She said: 'I am reaching out to you. I know you need medical attention.'

The Garda Sergeant added: 'I know you are a daughter. I know you are possibly a sister, a cousin. You may have a husband, a boyfriend; you may just have confided in a friend. So to anybody out there that the mother of this baby got in touch with, I'm appealing to you to make contact with us here.'

Anyone with information should contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 8020510.