Police have released a special video message to reach out to the mother of a newborn baby who was found outside a Leeds vicarage exactly one year ago today.
Despite extensive enquiries over the last 12 months, officers are still yet to identify the mother of the baby boy who was pronounced dead at hospital shortly after being found outside the vicarage of St Peter’s Church, in Hough Lane, Bramley, at about 9am on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Bryar has created the personal message to the baby’s mother in the hope that she can finally be traced and given support, and her son can be laid to rest.
In the message she says: “A year ago today, your newborn baby boy was found outside the vicarage of St Peter’s Church, in Bramley, in Leeds. He was taken to hospital but he had sadly died.
“I still don’t know what the circumstances were around him being left there, but I’m worried about how you’re feeling, particularly on this the first anniversary of him being found.
“I want you to know that you are not in trouble with the police, and our only concern is your welfare.
“You left your baby boy at the vicarage. You chose somewhere you knew he would be found, and found by someone who would make sure he was looked after and safe. That was important to you and you clearly cared about him.
“I can only imagine what you have been through and are still going through, and I want to help you get the right support.
“He can’t be laid to rest as things stand, and that’s something I want you as his mother to be able to lead the arrangements for and to have your wishes respected. I want you to have an opportunity to say goodbye properly.
“I know people in the community have given your baby a name, but you may have given him a name of your own and I’d like to know what that is as this would be an important part of saying goodbye to him.
“I hope this message reaches you, or someone who knows who you are, and you are able to get in touch. I’ve arranged a direct mobile number for you to call and I hope to hear from you soon.”
A dedicated mobile phone number (07423 630902) has been set up for the mother, or anyone who knows her, to call. Any other information should be passed on via 101.
At the same time, officers have arranged for leaflets appealing for information to be delivered to around 9,000 homes in the area surrounding the vicarage as it is thought the baby’s mother is likely to be local.
These include images of the distinctive Tesco bag for life, blue striped towel and men’s white 15-inch collar Dunnes shirt that the baby was found wrapped in. Forensic examination of the shirt indicates it was being regularly worn by a female.
It was previously established that the baby was full-term and white.
A DNA profile of the mother has been recovered which can be used to easily eliminate anyone put forward as being the mother if it is not them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting Operation Plaindance or visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us.
You can watch the video here: