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Photos of clothes to try to trace dead baby's mother

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Police release photos of clothing from an abandoned newborn baby who died

Detectives trying to trace the mother of an abandoned newborn baby who died have released photographs of his clothing and towels used to wrap him.

Gwent Police are appealing for help to trace the mother of the boy, who was found behind a Spar store in Cwmcarn, in Caerphilly county, on Thursday.

The baby was no more than 24 hours old, but a post-mortem examination has been inconclusive.

Police say they are "extremely concerned" about the mother's health.

"Perhaps if you have recently bought a present for an expectant mother and recognise the items please get in touch," said Supt Jon Burley.

Supt Jon Burley
Someone must know who the mother is as, until recently, this lady would have been heavily pregnant
Supt Jon Burley, Gwent Police

The photographs of items include:

• A bath size towel bought from Dunelm. The towel is white with a gingerbread man and heart design on it

• A blue and white striped long sleeve top, with buttons at the neck, aged 3-6 months from Next (this is part of a three-piece set)

• An orange beach towel manufactured by Arencibia, an outlet based on Gran Canaria

• A George orange vest top, size 14

Mr Burley said: "The orange towel could have been brought back from a holiday and, if anyone knows a woman or girl who owns an orange vest top and wears a size 14, we would appeal for them to get in touch."

Appeal after abandoned baby dies

"Someone must know who the mother is as, until recently, this lady would have been heavily pregnant. We need these people to come forward."

The baby was discovered in a lane by the son of the owner of the shop, Gursewak Singh, about 10 miles (16km) from Newport.

Mr Singh said he [Mr Singh] had seen a Next carrier bag near the back of his shop on Thursday, but thought it was gym kit belonging to a patron of the nearby boxing club.

He said: "We asked friends and colleagues what the bag was doing there, but it didn't belong to anyone.

"A boy who works with us said it was just a towel in there and he didn't open it.

Gursewak Singh
I just thought it was clothes underneath and didn't want to root through them
Gursewak Singh, shop owner, on finding the bag

He added: "In the evening I went out to it and opened it, only saw a towel on top and didn't look thoroughly.

"I just thought it was clothes underneath and didn't want to root through them.

"I picked it up and hanged it on the gatepost so someone walking by might see it and recognise it as theirs.

"At about six o'clock there was a power cut and my 14-year-old son went out and picked up the bag and opened it and saw a little head in there.

"He called his uncle and said: 'It's not clothes, come and look'.

"They came over and saw the baby in there."

He said Annette Buckland, 45, from Blackwood, who works in the shop, brought the baby inside, took him out of the bag and lay him on a chiller while a customer phoned 999.

He was not breathing or making any sound and the operator gave instructions for CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).

Mr Singh said it was raining and the baby, who looked like he had not been cleaned up since the birth, was blue.

"It was shocking. We were all devastated. I wish we had checked earlier," he said.

"If we had gone through the bag we could have made a difference.

"I'm worried what sort of condition the person who left the bag is in. We are so concerned about her.

"Other people saw the bag, but nobody thought about it. There could be a baby still alive. I wish we had checked straight away."

Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Gwent Police on 101.



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