Body of newborn baby found at Bradford waste recycling site

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The body of a newborn baby has been found at a waste recycling site in Bradford.

According to police, emergency services attended Bowling Back Lane in Bradford earlier on Thursday where the body was found.

Health bosses in the city have now issued an urgent plea to find the mother and say they are concerned about her wellbeing. They believe she is likely to be from Bradford.

Police have issued a picture of a towel similar to the one the body was found wrapped in. Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The baby girl was wrapped in a pink towel, which depicted the island of Fuerteventura in yellow on a purple background. There were various pictures associated with tropical locations on the towel also including fish, sea horses and a palm tree (pictured a similar towel).

A post mortem examination has been conducted and it believed the baby was stillborn. It is likely that this may have been a concealed pregnancy and the baby was not born in a hospital setting, so the mum of the baby may need urgent medical attention.

Police and partner agencies are extremely concerned about the mum of the baby and are urging her or any friends or family members to come forward to help us give her the help and support she may need.

Our main priority is to find the mum of the baby as we are concerned for her wellbeing and want to ensure she gets the appropriate medical care and support.  We are urging mum or any friends of mum to call the police on 101 or via 07753 672648 (you can text if you want) quoting log 564. Mum is likely to be from the Bradford area.

Sara Hollins, is head of midwifery for Bradford

This is heart-breaking news. We want to send our condolences and our prayers out to everyone involved. Our recycling facility at Bowling Back Lane has been closed until further notice. Our main priority now is to support our staff members who were affected by this incident and assist the police with their investigation into this awful event.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council Leader
  • If you don’t want to speak to the police you can contact the Bradford Maternity Assessment Unit on 01274 364531 (open 24 hours a day).