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Woman, 21, and man, 35, arrested after newborn baby boy found dead in Morrisons carpark

A 21-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man have been arrested in connection with the death of a baby found in a supermarket car park, police have said.

The baby was found in the Morrisons car park on the Black Country Route in Bilston, Wolverhampton on Sunday just after 9am.

Detective Inspector Tim Draper, from the force’s public protection unit, said: “This was a devastating discovery which I know has shocked and saddened many people.

“I understand this is an emotive event however I’d ask people not to speculate on the circumstances of this tragedy, it’s unhelpful to our investigation which we are working through with dignity and care.”

Flowers left at the scene outside Morrisons in Bilston after a newborn baby was discovered dead in the car park
Flowers left at the scene outside Morrisons after the newborn baby was discovered dead in the car park

The baby was found by a member of the public.

On Sunday the police announced that the mother of the child had been identified and was “receiving appropriate care”.

Officers had launched a desperate appeal to find the mother.

Morrisons in Bilson
The supermarket car park where the baby was found (file photo)

They stared scouring CCTV and ringing hospitals to find her as they were concerned for her health.

Detective Inspector Jim Edmonds said the scene and the baby had been treated “with the utmost care and dignity”.

Issuing the appeal to find the mother he said: “While we don’t yet know what has happened, what we do know is that there must be a mother out there who is in real need of help and she is my absolute priority at the moment.”

Tributes have begun to pile up at the scene, with flowers left in memory of the child.



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