West Midlands Police release CCTV footage in search for mother of newborn baby abandoned in park

Police are ‘very concerned’ for the mother’s wellbeing, and want to check she is doing OK, both physically and mentally

Detectives have released CCTV footage of a woman they believe could help with their inquiries as they try to track down the mother of a newborn baby boy found in a Birmingham park.

West Midlands Police shared the video on YouTube as they continue to search for the mother of the infant discovered wrapped in a blanket, in a park known locally as The Mound off Shannon Road in Kings Norton in the south-west of the city at around 5.30pm on Thursday 22 April.

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The footage shows a woman walking along Shannon Road just before 5.10pm that afternoon. The force said it was “very concerned” for the welfare of the baby’s mother.

The footage shows a woman walking along Shannon Road (Photo: West Midlands Police)

The baby was taken to a hospital to be checked over, West Midlands Police said.

Police statement

In a statement issued on 25 April, it said: “The baby boy was possibly only hours old when he was found, clothed and wrapped in a blanket, by a dog walker.

“He is being cared for at hospital where he is thought to be full-term, healthy and doing well. Sadly we’ve still not been able to find the mother of this little boy.

“We’re very concerned for her and want to check she is doing OK, both physically and mentally. This is our only concern right now, giving birth is a big thing and we’re concerned she will need medical help.

“This must be a very difficult time for her so we’re keen to talk to her as soon as possible. We’re appealing directly to the mother of the boy or anyone who knows who she is to please get in touch.

“If anyone recognises the woman in the CCTV, please get in touch, she may hold vital information.”

People can contact West Midlands Police via their website or by calling 101 and quoting log 3476 of April 22.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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