New-born baby girl found abandoned in bushes still had umbilical cord attached in UK
09th September 2009
A new-born baby girl found abandoned in bushes near a job centre still had its umbilical cord attached.
Police have launched a hunt for the infant's mother amid concerns for the woman's health and welfare.
The discovery was made by a female passer-by who found the child on open land in the Buckinghamshire town of High Wycombe yesterday afternoon.
Trees next to the road in High Wycombe where the baby was found
Police were called at 5pm and were handed the baby, which was wrapped in a grey cardigan and placed in a pink and white canvas bag.
The infant - believed to be no more than two days old - was taken to Wycombe General Hospital by paramedics.
Nurses have named her 'Rosie'. She is in good health, despite initially being assessed as 'hungry and thirsty'.
Detective Sergeant Robin Hughes said: 'Our primary concern is for the health of Rosie's mother.
'We urgently want her to come forward or at least seek treatment, as she could suffer medical complications which are potentially very dangerous.
'The umbilical cord was still attached when the child was found, so this would not have been a medically supervised birth.
'We believe the baby was left in the bushes between 12pm and 3pm and are appealing for anyone who saw someone who could have left the child there to contact the police.
'Anyone who saw something at the time or who knows who could have abandoned the baby is asked to contact High Wycombe Police Station.'