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Body of a neborn baby girl found at Bowling Back lane Recycling Centre, Bradford



Update : Police and Health Professionals Renew Appeal to Trace Mum of Newborn Baby Girl that had Died in Bradford


Friday 28 August, 2020




A week on from the discovery of a newborn baby girl who had died in Bradford, police and health professionals are renewing their appeal to trace the mum.


Last week on Thursday 20 August, emergency services attended Bowling Back Lane in Bradford where sadly a newborn baby girl was found that had died.


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 was carried out last week and it was concluded that 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 medical professionals are concerned for the welfare of the mum and continuing to urge her to get in touch. If you know of anyone who may have been recently pregnant, or anyone you thought may have been concealing a pregnancy please get in contact with us as it may prove vital information for our enquiries.


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.


Sara Hollins, Head of Midwifery at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Police and partner agencies have worked tirelessly for the past week to try and trace mum of the baby. We are renewing our appeal today to urge mum or her relatives to come forward and speak to us. We are incredibly concerned for the welfare of the mum, as the birth of the baby would have been extremely distressing and there may have been physical complications and we want to ensure that you are OK and get access to the help you may need.


“We are also appealing to the public for any information about anyone you thought may be pregnant, or perhaps may have concealed their pregnancy. I would urge you to come forward with any information, which may prove vital to help us with our enquiries.



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