Police search for parents of a toddler abandoned nearly four months ago

An appeal is being made to trace the parents of a young child who has been looked after by children's services in West Sussex since March.

The little girl, who's believed to be about 19 months old, was found in Crawley but it's thought she may have connections with Tooting or other parts of South London.

The toddler's name is unknown but has been called Jade by authorities Credit: West Sussex Police

Attempts so far to find her birth parents have been unsuccessful and detectives believe she may have been separated from her parents some months before being taken into care.

Her name is unknown but she responds to being called Jade, and it's thought she may also have the surname Alma or Nakabugo.

At this point we really need to find out who this little girl’s parents are. She may have connections to Crawley and West Sussex as well as Tooting or South London more generally.

We ask that anyone who may know anything about her speaks to us.

We are appealing in particular to those in the local Crawley and West Sussex area, the wider Ugandan community, or anyone who knows of a woman who has been caring for a young girl meeting the description until recently.

– Detective Sergeant Alexis Witek, West Sussex Police
Jade is an affectionate and happy toddler Credit: West Sussex Police

Jade is described as an affectionate, sociable, bright and happy toddler who enjoys music and likes to dance and sing. She is inquisitive, active and has a love of climbing.

Police say her parents are not in trouble but they urgently want to trace them and speak to them about their child.

Anyone who knows this child or has information about her parents is asked to contact Sussex Police via or by calling 101 quoting Sussex serial 990 of 05/07.