Canal, Rough Wood, Walsall
Discovery of baby boy, Rough Wood Country Park
Incident Canal Rough Wood Country Park
We’re appealing after a baby boy was found in a canal in Walsall yesterday afternoon (20 May). A passer-by spotted the little boy in Rough Wood Country Park, off Hunts Lane in Willenhall at around 1pm. The newborn tot - who is believed to be full term - was dead and an investigation is underway to understand these very sad circumstances.
We are examining the scene and have been speaking to potential witnesses.
We are appealing directly to the mother of this little boy - we believe she may be in need of medical assistance - and our primary concern at this time is to make sure she is okay, both physically and mentally.
Equally, anyone who may know who this woman is, for example anyone who may have recently been pregnant, but isn’t now, is urged to contact us.
This information can be given to us in the strictest of confidence if preferred.
We’re also appealing to anyone who may have been in the area over the past few days who saw anything suspicious to get in touch. The baby could have been in the water for up to four days so anyone who may have seen anything, no matter how small it may seem is urged to contact us.
We are working with paediatric pathologists and a forensic post mortem will take place next week to help determine the cause of death.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from our force CID, said: “This discovery is simply tragic. The death of this baby is absolutely heart-breaking.
“Our priority at this time is finding the little boy’s mother.
“We’re also working with partners in health, social care and education to see if they can help us identify his mother.
“I realise how distressing this tragedy is for the local community, but please don’t speculate on the circumstances of this upsetting incident, it hinders our investigation and is painful for those involved.”
Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons, from Walsall Police, said: “I’m shocked and saddened about this deeply tragic discovery.
“My thoughts are with him and the wider community who I know are upset and concerned about the nature of what happened.
“We’ve got local officers in the area offering reassurance, please do speak to them if you have any concerns.”
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