BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: Wales  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Friday, 18 October, 2002, 11:21 GMT 12:21 UK
Appeal to canal baby's mother
Toys at the scene
People have left toys at the canal bank
Police investigating the death of a baby boy found in a south Wales canal a week ago have issued a direct appeal to the mother to come forward.

The boy, who weighed five-and-a-half pounds, was found in a holdall in the Monmouth and Brecon canal near Newbridge last Friday by a man looking for stray golf balls.


You will probably feel like this for the rest of your life unless you help us to understand where this little baby has come from

Detective Inspector Rhiannon Hodges

Despite a number of media appeals, the child's mother has not yet contacted police and on Friday Detective Inspector Rhiannon Hodges of Gwent Police issued a personal message to her.

"Your physical and mental well-being is of great concern to us all.

"The events leading up to last Friday's discovery must be causing great distress and we need to help you," said Det Insp Hodges.

Detectives do not know how long the baby boy had been dead before his body was uncovered, but say it could have been up to five weeks.

Nor are they certain whether the baby was born alive or was stillborn.

Post mortem examinations have proved inconclusive, but results of further tests are expected next Tuesday.

The holdall which contained the body
The body was found in this green holdall

Det Insp Hodges, in an emotional appeal, said the pain the mother of the dead child was experiencing would not go away on its own.

"You will probably feel like this for the rest of your life unless you help us to understand where this little baby has come from, where he belongs."

She also urged the family of the baby's mother to contact detectives.

The body was found in the water at the stretch of the canal near the Trecelyn roundabout on the A467 road between Ebbw Vale and Newport.

It was inside a green holdall manufactured by Lee which did not have any handles or straps.

Earlier in the week, officers appealed to two teenage girls who has reportedly been seen near the canal several times during the last month to come forward.

One of the girls, who were said to be between 14 and 16, was reported to have been visibly upset and being comforted by her friend.

The investigating team has also brought in psychologists to guide them in the hunt for the baby's mother, and directed their inquiries at hospitals, local health clinics and GP surgeries.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
Det Insp Rhiannon Hodges, Gwent Police


More from south east Wales
See also:

14 Oct 02 | Wales
14 Oct 02 | Wales
12 Oct 02 | Wales
12 Sep 02 | England
15 Jul 02 | Europe
12 Sep 02 | England
04 Apr 02 | England
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Wales stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Wales stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes