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Concern grows for mother of dead baby found in park

Baby M was found in Manor Park in Aldershot Photo:

Hampshire Police have re-issued their appeal for the mother of a newborn baby whose body was found in a park in Aldershot on the afternoon of Friday 19th May to come forward. They are also appealing for anyone with information that could help them find her to get in touch.

The child's identity remain unknown, but she has been named 'Baby M'. Officers say they are growing more and more concerned for her mother's welfare. While acknowledging that this must be a very distressing time for Baby M's mother, the authorities say they want the mother to get access to the medical attention she needs.

They are asking her to either contact the police by calling 101, or to at least go to a hospital where staff can help her.

Detectives now believe that Baby M may have been left in Manor Park at some point between Sunday 14th May and Tuesday 16th May.

Officers believe the mother may have given birth to Baby M just outside the park, beneath an oak tree, and then taken the child into the park where she was found last week Friday.

Flowers have been laid at Manor Park in tribute to the child

“I would also like to thank the community for their support as our enquiries continue.

“Our neighbourhood officers have been out patrolling in Manor Park and the surrounding areas since Friday, speaking to people who live in the area and use the park, as we try to establish how Baby M came to be in this park.

“We will be continuing these patrols over the coming days, so if you see us and you have any concerns or think you may have information that could help, please don’t hesitate in coming over and talking to us.

“We are now looking at the possibility that Baby M could have been left in the park sometime between Sunday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 16.

“So we are keen to speak to anyone who would have walked through the park between these times, or who has been in the area.

“Did you see anything that you thought was unusual or saw someone acting strangely?

“What may seem insignificant to you could be really useful to our enquiry, so please let us know.

“The same goes for anyone who has concerns for a friend or a relative. Please get in touch with us, your information could help us ensure the mother of Baby M gets the help and support she needs.”

– Chief Inspector Debbie Brooks, Hampshire Police

Anyone with information can contact Hampshire Police by calling 101 quoting 44170188442, or if you want to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.