Mum of stillborn baby girl found at recycling site may have concealed her pregnancy

MORE heartbreaking details have emerged following the discovery a newborn baby girl’s body at a Bradford recycling site. 

In an update this afternoon, police said it’s believed the baby was stillborn and it’s likely her mum concealed the pregnancy. 

Concerns are growing for her welfare over fears she may require urgent medical care. 

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Emergency services were scrambled to the Household Waste Recycling Centre site on Bowling Back Lane on Thursday.

The baby girl was wrapped in a pink towel, which depicted the island of Fuerteventura in yellow on a purple background.

Book of remembrance: Pay your respects to baby found at Bradford recycling site 

There were various pictures associated with tropical locations on the towel also including fish, sea horses and a palm tree.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “A post mortem examination has been conducted and it is believed the baby was stillborn.

“It is likely that this may have been a concealed pregnancy and the baby was not born in a hospital setting, so the mum of the baby may need urgent medical attention.

“Police and partner agencies are extremely concerned about the mum of the baby and are urging her, or any friends or family members to come forward to help get her the help and support she may need.”

Sara Hollins, Head of Midwifery at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “We are very concerned about the mum of the baby and her welfare.

“Because of the nature and circumstances of the birth, we consider that the mother will be highly likely to have physical complications that require urgent medical care, which is why we are so concerned and anxious to find her, and she will also be experiencing significant emotional distress.”

She said the mother of the baby is likely to be “extremely scared and very vulnerable” right now and added: “We’re really appealing to either the mum herself or to any friends, family members, that may suspect that this person has had a baby recently, comes forward to either the police or to the maternity services directly and we can ensure that she gets the help and care that she really needs at this time.

“Our main priority is to make sure that this mum is safe and well and gets the care that she really needs at this time.

“Please contact the police via 101, Bradford Maternity Services directly on 01274 672648 or even via text on 07753 672648 quoting log number 564.”

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If you don’t want to speak to the police you can contact the Bradford Maternity Assessment Unit on 01274 364531, which is open 24 hours a day. 

Imran Hussain, Labour MP for Bradford East, told the Telegraph & Argus: “This is of course a deeply tragic and heart-breaking story that I know will touch everyone across the whole community, and my thoughts are with those staff at the Bowling Back Lane centre and others who found this poor child, as well as with everyone concerned. 

“If anyone has any information, please get in touch with West Yorkshire police on the non-emergency 101 number.”

The Telegraph & Argus has opened a book of condolence to provide a space for people to provide their tributes following the tragic news. 

One touching comment said: “Sleep tight princess. Way too precious for this world.”
Another said: “RIP little angel. 

“Such a tragic loss of a little girl We hope your mummy is safe and well.”

Many people have also left comments on the Telegraph & Argus’s Facebook page.
Cathy Miller’s beautiful tribute read: “Another princess in the sky above, hoping to grow her wings with the rest of the beautiful angels who will wrap her up, keep her warm in their wings.”

Krisy Holdsworth added: “God knows how this woman is feeling right now to have been in this scared and awful situation. I hope she comes forward and can then get the help and support she needs.”

Wendy Murphy wrote: “Fly high sweetheart. May you rest in peace sweet angel.”

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