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Baby found at Stoke-on-Trent Islamic centre dies

The Islamic Centre in Stoke-on-Trent where a newborn baby was found
A newborn boy was left outside the Islamic Centre on Saturday

A newborn boy left at an Islamic centre in Staffordshire has died.

The baby was found wrapped in clothes at about 1030 GMT outside the centre in Beresford Street in the Shelton area of Stoke-on-Trent.

He was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire where he was declared dead at 1230 GMT, Staffordshire Police said.

The area has been cordoned off while officers investigate. Anyone with information should call police.

Members of the Makki Mosque in Shelton who found the baby told BBC Midlands Today he was left on the steps of the Islamic Centre with a note attached saying "please help to bury him".

Mother's safety

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "[We] were contacted by members of The Islamic Centre in Beresford Street in Stoke-on-Trent who had discovered a package outside the centre which they suspected contained a baby.

"Police attended and discovered a very young baby boy who was conveyed to University Hospital of North Staffordshire for treatment.

"Sadly at 1230 [GMT], despite the efforts of the medical team, the baby died."

Police are appealing for the mother to come forward as she may be in need of urgent medical treatment.

Det Insp Dave Giles said: "I urge the mother to come forward so we can help her."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

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