This is the first picture of a newborn baby found abandoned in a carrier bag in a West Midland park, who was today described as ‘alert, happy and contented’ as she continues her recovery in hospital.
West Midlands Police released the first photo and video clip of baby Jade, named by hospital staff after the dog whose walker found her in a community park off Stuarts Road in the Stechford area of Birmingham, as police step up efforts to locate her mother.
Jade, who weighs 6lbs, and is believed to be just a few days old, is being monitored around the clock by paediatricians after being admitted to hospital just before 3pm yesterday.
Birmingham East Police Ch Insp Ian Green, said: “It is fantastic news that baby Jade is recovering well in hospital. I’m told she’s very alert and a contented happy baby. She’s doing well and should make a full recovery over the next couple of days – but of course what she really needs is to be in her mother’s arms.
“I’d urge Jade’s mum to make contact with us on the 101 police number so we can reunite them and get her medical attention and emotional support.”
Officers are continuing the search today for the baby’s mother.
Extensive house-to-house enquiries have been carried out around the park and checks made with regional hospitals, medical centres and care homes.
The towel baby Jade was wrapped in, along with the carrier bag, have been sent away for fast-track forensics and it is hoped DNA samples taken from the baby will help identify her parents.
Ch Insp Green, added: “Paediatricians have confirmed the baby was lucky to be found when she was as even just a few more hours exposed to the elements could have had fatal consequences.
“Thankfully, we now know she’s safe and well – and our priority is very much on finding her mum to ensure her safety and to provide whatever support she needs.
“We’re still keen to hear from witnesses who were in the park yesterday – especially anyone who saw somebody with a carrier bag from The Entertainer toy shop – or anyone who believes they could have information that will lead us to identify the mother.”