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Mother of baby found in wheelie bin identified

Police in Richmond believe they have identified the mother of a baby found dead in a wheelie bin on Monday (December 1).

Preliminary findings of a post mortem examination suggest the baby girl was stillborn.

We thank the local community and the media for their continued support and sensitivity regarding this tragic case.

We ask residents to remain patient and calm while the police enquiries continue. I particular please avoid any unhelpful or harmful speculation on social networking sites.

To provide further reassurance for residents, extra police patrols are being carried out in the local area.

– Inspector Mark Gee, of Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team

Police are continuing their enquiries to establish the full facts in this incident.

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