The mother of a baby boy found on a doorstep in County Durham has been traced. Police say that they received a phone call from a woman claiming to be the child’s mother.
The baby, who has been named Jack by staff at North Tees Hospital, was discovered in the early hours in Emerson Court.
A baby boy abandoned on a doorstep in Horden, Peterlee was discovered by a pet dog.
Janice Clish, resident of the house where the baby was found, said: "My boyfriend was taking the dog round the block and the dog stopped at my door.
"He went over and that's when we found the baby on the floor. I was shocked."
Police say a newborn baby was found on a doorstep in Horden, Peterlee. The baby boy was taken to hospital and is well.
“We can confirm that a newborn baby was found at 4.48am on the doorstep of a property in the Horden area today.
“The little boy was taken North Tees Hospital and is thankfully fit and well.
“We are now working closely with our partners at Durham County Council’s Children Services as part of this investigation.
“However, our priority is that mother and baby, who has been named Jack by hospital staff, get all the support necessary.
“We are obviously concerned about the mother’s welfare and want to reassure her we are all here to help.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.
Police have confirmed a baby was abandoned this morning but cannot confirm further details at this point. It is believed that a baby was left in the street next to a medical centre in Horden, Peterlee.
Driving by the scene was taxi driver Councillor Mary Cartwright who gave ITV News Tyne Tees this statement:
"I was coming back from a job at the airport and I called by a friend's house. It was 04.30am so no-one was around. As I came round the bend the whole of Horden was deserted apart from a police car and I saw a policeman stood holding a baby in his arms. It was about 04.50am so no-one else was around. You could just see the baby's head protruding from the blankets.
"Suddenly, an ambulance pulled up and I thought it was odd that no one got out. The policeman ran straight to the ambulance and passed the baby to the person in the passenger's seat and they were off, straight away. The police and the ambulance service did such a grand job. The policeman waved and asked me to turn around. "I'm a mother myself and have three girls, so I went straight on Facebook and put a plea out for the mother to contact me. She must be very distressed - I hope she gets in touch. She'll be needing help."
Emergency services attended Fifth Street in Horden, Peterlee, at 5am. It's been reported that a baby was abandoned near a medical centre. The North East Ambulance Service confirmed a patient was taken to North Tees Hospital.
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