Mother of newborn baby boy who was found abandoned by a dog walker in a Birmingham park is FOUND after eight-month police search
- Baby boy was found wrapped in a blanket in Kings Norton, Birmingham, in April
- An urgent appeal to locate the mother was immediately launched by the police
- Detectives confirmed baby’s mother has now been identified and receiving care
The mother of a baby boy who was found abandoned in park has been found by police after an eight-month search.
The infant, who was named George by hospital staff, was thought to be just hours old when he was found wrapped in a blanket by a dog walker at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham, on April 22.
An urgent appeal to locate the mother was immediately launched by West Midlands Police earlier this year amid concerns for her wellbeing.
An e-fit of a woman police wanted to speak to was also created by experts at Thames Valley Police after officers spoke to a key witness.
Today, police confirmed the baby’s mother has now been identified and they were ‘ensuring that she gets the appropriate support and care she needs’.
The baby boy, who was named George by hospital staff, was found abandoned in park in Birmingham on April 22
The infant was found wrapped in a blanket by a dog walker at The Mounds in Kings Norton
A statement read: ‘Detectives investigating after a baby boy was abandoned in King’s Norton in April have identified the baby’s mother.
‘The baby was found on The Mounds, off Shannon Road on Thursday 22 April. He was found clothed and wrapped in a blanket by a dog walker.
‘He is doing really well and is being well cared for.
‘The support from the public and media has been instrumental in identifying the mother. West Midlands Police received an overwhelming response with more than 1000 lines of enquiry and have since been able to locate the baby’s mother.
‘As stated in our public appeals, our priority was always to ensure mom was safe and supported.
‘We can confirm that no further action will be taken by us and, with partners, we are ensuring that she is getting the appropriate support and care she needs.
‘This is a very upsetting case, we would ask you not to speculate any further, as this is deeply distressing for those concerned.
Earlier this year an e-fit was created by experts at Thames Valley Police after officers spoke to a key witness
The baby boy was possibly only hours old when he was found wrapped in a blanket in the park. Pictured: The blanket and the clothes the baby was wearing when he was found
Semi-retired royal engineer Terry Walsh (pictured with his dog) was walking his husky when he discovered the baby
‘We would like to thank you for all your help and support in what has been a very sensitive and emotive matter for everyone including investigators who have worked tirelessly to ensure this outcome. We wish the baby all the best in the future.’
The baby boy was found by a husky dog named Hel, belonging to semi-retired royal engineer Terry Walsh.
Without the help of his husky Mr Walsh said he would have walked by what he thought was a discarded blanket.
He said Hel ran over, lay beside the rolled-up shawl and began ‘gently nudging’ the baby with her nose.
Speaking earlier this year he said: ‘I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn’t walk over the glass, and she went off to the blanket, lying next to it and started nudging it with her nose very gently.
‘Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel’s gentle nudging and the heat from my Husky’s body that woke the baby up.’