DNA hope in hunt for baby’s mother

The people of Kirkham attend the funeral of the tragic baby and (below) a teddy bear is left by his grave.

The people of Kirkham attend the funeral of the tragic baby and (below) a teddy bear is left by his grave.

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DETECTIVES are hoping DNA technology will help them to make a breakthrough in the investigation into the body of a baby found in Kirkham.

It is hoped scientists will be able to identify the boy’s parents through their work testing the child’s DNA.

A teddy bear is left by his grave of the tragic baby found in Kirkham.

A teddy bear is left by his grave of the tragic baby found in Kirkham.

But Det Chief Insp Andrea Barrow, from Blackpool CID, said it is a long and complicated process - and unfortunately not as fast as it would appear on television programmes like drama series Spooks on BBC1.

She said: “We have the baby’s DNA to try and identify the parents.

“The DNA is obviously half mum and half dad so we have to do quite a lot of investigation around that to try and identify the parents.

“It isn’t like what you’d see on Spooks, where the DNA just brings you up a name.

“There will be a lot of work goes into it and it will take time.”

The full term baby boy was discovered by dog walkers in Spen Brook, a few hundreds yards from the Boys Brigade Club on Carr Lane, a year ago yesterday.

Police re-appealed for the baby’s mother to come forward on what would have been the child’s first birthday.

The baby was discovered close to a badly discoloured blue and white fleece from ASDA George and two towels - one green and another with a Union Flag design.

A Blackpool Council branded bin bag, containing the remains of a size five Evans shoe box which the baby’s body may have been put into, was also found nearby.

An incident room was set up at Blackpool police station where 40 officers were drafted in to investigate the grim discovery.

Officers have spoken to more than 1,000 people during the inquiry, viewed cctv in the area and also issued appeals nationally on BBC1’s Crimewatch and ITV1’s This Morning’s Crime File.

Det Chief Insp Barrow added: “I believe the answers are out there somewhere and we will not rest and leave no stone unturned until we get to the bottom of exactly what has happened.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Read how The Gazette reported on the story one year on: Fylde baby tragedy - one year on