POLICE today appealed for the mother of a baby found dead in a stream to come forward.
The grim discovery was made by a dog walker who came across the body in a remote culvert between Kirkham and the village of Treales.
Police said the baby is thought to be no older than one month old and is believed to be a girl. At this stage they do not know how the baby died.
As residents today spoke of their shock, police released pictures of the clothes the child was wearing.
it was hoped someone will recognise them and come forward.
Det Supt Neil Esseen, who is leading 30 detectives in the investigation, said: “Although I still cannot rule out foul play in the death of this child, I now think it’s more than likely there’s a vulnerable young woman out there who may have left her baby. If that is the case, I would appeal directly to her to come forward and contact police. We are not here to judge, but we do need to find out who this baby is and it may be the mother needs medical help.”
He added: “If you are a health visitor or midwife and have had concerns about a pregnant girl, or are anyone else concerned about a child, because it’s relatively new born, we ask you to come forward so we can offer support and we can deal with what has happened. Although the body was found in Kirkham, there is no immediate evidence to suggest the child is from Kirkham or Lancashire and this is a countrywide appeal.”
The baby was found at 2pm on Saturday in a stream known locally as Spen Brook.
Police frogmen joined forensic teams searching a large area between Carr Lane and Spen Lane, while the force helicopter took aerial shots of the scene.
It is unclear how long the baby’s body had been in the water, but she was dressed in a blue and white stripedAsda George fleece, a type which the supermarket chain stopped making two years ago.
A Union Jack towel and a Renaissance towel were found 30 metres from the body.
It is believed whoever left the baby at Spen Brook had to walk to the spot as there is no vehicle access from Carr Lane.
If anyone has any information which may help the police investigation they are asked to call Blackpool Police of (01253) 361715 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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