Police have launched an urgent search for a newborn baby girl and her parents, who allegedly refused to cooperate as doctors warned she was in need of immediate medical care.
Detectives are “increasingly concerned” for the safety of the baby, whom police are referring to as “Baby Graham”.
She is seven days old as of Saturday, and is the daughter of mum Azara and dad Machel Graham, who live in Southwark, south London.
Investigators are appealing to the public to help them find the family, who police say have not been seen since a post-natal assessment on Thursday.
The parents were told during the routine appointment the baby was suffering symptoms consistent with a serious respiratory condition and needed to be taken to A&E for an urgent assessment, the Metropolitan Police said.
Azara and Machel Graham failed to follow the advice and their whereabouts is unknown, the force added.
Police have launched a high-risk missing person investigation and have begun conducting urgent inquiries, visiting the couple’s home several times in the last 24 hours.
So far they have found no trace of the couple of the baby.
Police have released images of Azara and Machel Graham as part of a plea for information from the public.
Detective Chief Inspector Lucy O’Connor, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of Baby Graham.
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Her parents have not followed the medical advice they were given and in doing so, could be putting her health at risk.
“There will be a time and a place to explore their reasons, but right now our priority has to be the safety of this very young baby.”
She added: “While we would of course ask the public to keep an eye out for Baby Graham’s parents, we believe it’s likely they are being accommodated by relatives or associates.
“I would urge those people to put the welfare of this tiny baby girl above any other loyalty they may have and get in touch with the police.
“I would also appeal directly to Azara and Machel to do the right thing and to go to the nearest A&E so that Baby Graham can get the care she needs.”
A police spokesperson said: “Detectives are increasingly concerned for the safety of a newborn baby girl and are appealing for the public’s help to find her parents.
“The child, who police are referring to as ‘Baby Graham’, is seven days old.
“She is believed to be with her parents, Azara and Machel Graham, and has not been seen since the afternoon of Thursday, 29 April.
“During a routine post-natal appointment, staff noticed symptoms consistent with a serious respiratory condition.
“They advised that Baby Graham needed to be taken to A&E for an urgent assessment.
“Her parents have not followed this important medical advice and their whereabouts is now unknown.
“A high-risk missing person investigation was launched after the case was referred to police.
“Officers have been conducting urgent enquiries and have visited the parents’ home address in Southwark on a number of occasions in the past 24 hours.
“So far, they have been unable to locate either them or the baby.”
Anyone who sees the baby or her parents is urged to call police on 999 quoting reference 21MIS011809, while anyone with any other information that could be useful should call 101.