A baby girl abandoned in a deserted playground in the snow was only just 30-minutes-old when she was found last night.
The newborn still had her umbilical cord attached when a passing dog walker heard her crying from a plastic bag left on the ground near a park bench.
Georgina Player, 26, who lives around the corner from the play area in East Ham said: "The police came knocking at midnight to tell us what happened.
"They said she was only 30-minutes-old when she was found - she even still had her umbilical cord.
"She's at Newham Hospital and I'm going to go there this afternoon to drop some things off for her - babygrows, milk, anything.
"I feel so bad for the little thing.
"She was left in a towel and plastic bag on the ground, next to the bench - not even on it.
"The police had sniffer dogs trying to find a blood trail but they couldn't, which makes me ask how she left in that state.
"Although it was dark, a lot of people pass through here. You have to walk past to get to the buses.
"I wish she knocked on the door for help but I think she knew someone would find the baby."
The playground in which a baby was found abandoned when only 30-minutes-old. Image: Matthew Newby/SNWS.
Slwek Pelka, 47, was walking his German shepherd through the play area just 15 minutes before the baby was found.
He said: "It's crazy to think I was there just before, it was totally empty apart from a man sitting on the bench.
"When the police and ambulance came, I thought maybe he had died.
"It was very cold and snowing."
Walter and Veronica Carvell aged 90 and 82 have lived on Saxon Road for 53 years added: "We've never heard of anything like it, it's so upsetting.
"A mother must have been desperate to have done that."