Police in Worcester are searching for the mother of a newborn baby boy abandoned inside a shopping bag bearing the distinctive logo of Woolworths South Africa.
Police in Worcester, England, are searching for the mother of a newborn baby boy who was abandoned inside a South African shopping bag in the early hours of Friday morning.
After being woken by the doorbell at about 4.15am, homeowners Adrienne and Jon Hunt opened the door to find an orange fabric Woolworths bag on their doorstep. Inside it was the newborn, clad in a babygrow and wrapped in a blanket. He has been named Joseph by the nurses caring for him at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Thought to be around 24 hours old when found, he is healthy and looks as though he was born to term, according to Patti Paine, head of midwifery at the hospital.
Paine said that a search of records had not revealed any expectant mothers known to the health services in the city, to whom the baby may belong. “We’re fairly confident he was not born in a hospital because we have that network in the region.”
She said there was a chance the mother had been concealing the pregnancy.
â€œI would continue to appeal to Joseph’s mother, as I believe she may be in need of urgent medical attention. It’s important she’s seen by a midwife as soon as possible to get checked over. We can arrange for her to be seen either at the hospital or wherever she is,” said Paine.
A 24-hour phone line has been set up by the hospital in order for the mother to make contact. She can contact a midwife on 01905 760 663.
Police are appealing for the mother to come forward over concerns for her welfare.
â€œThe mother’s health and welfare remain our priority and we are doing all we can to trace her so we can confirm she is safe and well,” said Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Williamson from West Mercia Police.
â€œIf you recognise the bag or know of anyone who may have a connection with South Africa and is due to give birth, please contact us,” she added.
The bag is being forensically tested for anything that may help officers find the mother. They have also released images of the bag bearing the distinctive logo of Woolworths in South Africa, in case a member of the public recognises it.
Anyone who has any information as to who the mother could be should to call West Mercia Police on the non-emergency police number 101.
Information can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.