Police still searching for mother of newborn baby found in Walsall canal

Police are still trying to trace the mother of a newborn baby boy who was found in a canal in Walsall.

Emergency services at the scene in Willenhall. Photo: SnapperSK
Emergency services at the scene in Willenhall. Photo: SnapperSK

A passer-by spotted the baby in the water at Rough Wood Country Park, off Hunts Lane, in Willenhall, at around 1pm on Thursday.

Sadly it was confirmed that the baby boy, believed to be newborn, had died.

Officers from West Midlands Police are still desperately trying to trace the mother of the baby so they can get her the medical attention she needs.

A spokesman for the force confirmed on Sunday that they are still urging anyone with information to come forward.

Speaking to the Express & Star, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro said: "We have since started local CCTV searches, house-to-house enquiries within the area – however, our direct appeal really is to the mom to come forward.

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"The little boy could have been in the water for up to four days so ultimately our priority is to get her the medical support she needs following giving birth."

Appealing directly to the mother of the baby, DCI Munro added: "We need to get you that medical support and provide you with the support you need following giving birth. That is our priority.

"We will ensure you will get that support if you come forward.

The scene was cordoned off. Photo: SnapperSK

"We are 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."

Anyone with information can call West Midlands Police on 101, quoting incident number 1963 of May 20.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

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