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Baby ‘George’ left in park will go into care if mum fails to come forward to police

A baby abandoned in a park will go into foster care if his mother fails to come forward, police have said.

Named by hospital staff caring for him as ‘George’, due to being found the day before St George’s Day, the tot was left on The Mound in Shannon Road, King’s Norton, last Thursday evening.

Detective Inspector Neil Hunt, of West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, has now said Birmingham Children’s Trust has obtained an interim care order for the baby.

It comes as investigators renewed their appeal to the child’s mum, reiterating she is “not in any trouble”, reports BirminghamLive.

George was pictured for the first time on Thursday after being discovered by a dog walker a week prior.

CCTV footage of a woman in the area at the time of the discovery was also previously released.

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Baby 'George' was left in The Mound park in King's Norton
Baby ‘George’ was left in The Mound park in King’s Norton

However, it is understood she is considered a potential witness rather than George’s mum.

Det Ins Hunt said: “He will go into foster care where he will be well looked after.

“But we are appealing to mum so we can maybe look to placing him back, but that would be for our partners to decide,” he said.

Baby 'George' was left in The Mound park in King's Norton
An order has been obtained for George to be put in care if his mum doesn’t come forward

“He is gaining weight and feeding well and will soon be ready to be discharged from hospital. It’s important mum knows no harm has come to George.”

He added: “We haven’t identified who mum is. The fresh appeal is for her to come forward.

“I’m concerned she may need medical attention and support and want to offer her to get that.

'The Mound' off Shannon Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham
‘The Mound’ off Shannon Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham

“He [George] was found 30 to 40 minutes after being left here. The location here is quite visible, it’s rough ground and well used by dog walkers.

“Whoever laid baby George here, I believe it to be mum, wanted him to be found.”

Police said they had no leads regarding who the father might be and the “priority is mum” due to her well-being.

Detective Inspector Neil Hunt gives a press briefing
Detective Inspector Neil Hunt gives a press briefing

“My appeal is directly to mum – it’s really important her welfare is paramount. It’s always been my priority since the baby was discovered here,” said Det Insp Hunt.

“Mum has given birth we believe at home and she may need medical attention. I want to help her and offer her that.

“I don’t know the circumstances to leave her baby. It’s a big thing, overwhelming. I’m a parent myself so I know how overwhelming it is to have a child.”

Officers delivered appeal leaflets and made house-to-house inquiries in the hope a breakthrough will be made.

Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch with West Midlands Police either by Live Chat or calling 101, quoting log 3476 of April 22.

Information can also be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.



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