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Mother of newborn baby found dead in car park is ‘receiving appropriate care’

Jessica Murray and Nicola Slawson
·1-min read
<span>Photograph: Thrive Images/Alamy</span>
Photograph: Thrive Images/Alamy

The mother of a newborn baby found dead in a supermarket car park has now been identified and is receiving “appropriate care”, West Midlands Police said.

A member of the public discovered the baby on Sunday morning outside a Morrisons in Bilston, Wolverhampton.

Police had said they did not know when the baby was born or how the body came to be in the car park, and asked for help locating the mother as they were extremely concerned for her welfare.

On Sunday evening, a police statement said: “We’ve identified the mother as a result of our earlier appeal and she is now receiving appropriate care.

“We will be speaking to her in due course. Thank you to everyone for sharing the appeal.”

Earlier on Sunday, DI Jim Edmonds, from the West Midlands police public protection department, said: “This is a truly tragic discovery, and we’ve been treating the scene and the baby with the utmost care and dignity today.

“While we don’t yet know what has happened, what we do know is that there must be a mother out there who is in real need of help − and she is my absolute priority at the moment.

“We have been checking CCTV and speaking to hospitals, but it may be that the mother or someone who knows who she is sees this appeal. I really want to speak to her to make sure she’s OK, and to ensure that she can get the help that she urgently needs.”