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Discovery of newborn baby's body Needham Market

The Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team have launched an investigation following the discovery of a newborn baby's body at Needham Market on 14th May 2020

Details of Incident

Detectives are still searching for the mother of a newborn baby girl whose body was found. Officers were called shortly after 3pm on Thursday 14 May 2020, to Sackers recycling centre in Ipswich Road, where the body of the baby girl was discovered.

It is believed she was taken to Sackers on the same day within one of two waste collection vehicles that collected commercial waste throughout the day from 52 different locations.

As part of the complex investigation, officers reviewed more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and visited over 800 addresses.

A comprehensive search was undertaken at Sackers recycling centre, during which a number of items were seized. However, following analysis, the items did not provide any further answers in the search for the parents of this baby girl.

A Home Office post-mortem was held on Tuesday 19 May, with the initial findings proving to be undetermined pending further investigations, which are continuing but will take more time.

DI Karl Nightingale said: "We are still investigating the tragic circumstances that led to this newborn baby girl being found.

"Although many months have passed since she was found, we want to reassure everyone that we are doing all we can; remaining determined and hopeful of identifying her parents.

"We know it can be an extremely difficult time for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby and we are continuing to urge her mother and father to come forward so they can gain the support they need.

"We are repeating our previous plea for anyone with information about the baby girl’s death to come forward, however difficult this may be. This information could be vital and may help us piece together the identity of this newborn baby.”



Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to someone please call 101 and ask for Suffolk Police quoting 'Op Shelby or 37/26499/20'

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