Police appeal to find mother of abandoned Baby Edward

Edward is safe and well in hospital

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Detectives have appealed for help in tracing the mother of a newborn baby that was found abandoned on a doorstep in east London over the weekend.

The 12-hour-old little boy has been named Edward after the postman that discovered him in Hackney on January 25.

He was found just before midday wearing a grey babygrow and grey hat and was wrapped in a white knitted blanket.

Officers were called to Sandringham Road at around 11:40am and took Baby Edward to hospital, where he remains safe and well.

The Metropolitan Police said they were growing “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of the mother and have urged her to come forward to receive medical care and support.

Enquiries suggest that Edward had been born outside of a hospital environment and had been fed before he was found.

Baby Edward was around 12 hours old when he was found

Detective Sergeant Andy Barry from the Safeguarding Unit said: “Edward is being well cared for by hospital staff and is a healthy, bonny lad.”

He then appealed directly to Edward’s mother: “You are my primary concern.

“I do not know the circumstances around Edward’s birth, but as a father myself, I understand how daunting becoming a parent can be.

“I can offer you help, please be assured that you are not in trouble.”

DS Barry also urged anyone who may know Edward's mother to get in touch, assuring it could be done “in confidence”.

Investigators are looking through CCTV footage and DNA samples from the baby have been sent off for analysis.

Police have also been speaking to homeless people in the area in case they saw anything.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting CAD 3039/25Jan or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.

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