Help trace mother of dead baby girl found near footpath in Rainham

Vest the baby girl was wearing

Detectives investigating the death of a newborn baby girl whose body was discovered by members of the public in undergrowth in Rainham, are appealing for help in tracing the mother.

The body was found at about 16:40hrs on Sunday 10th April, near a footpath by the Ingrebourne river, off the old A13 (now the A1306 New Road). It was wrapped inside a black bin liner which also contained a distinctive vest thought to be sold by Primark in some European countries only, not the UK.

A post mortem examination which was held at Great Ormond Street Hospital was unable to establish a cause of death.

Despite carrying out extensive inquiries, officers from the Child Abuse Investigation Command have been unable to trace the mother.

Detective Inspector Colin Welsh, said: “I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us. The vest inside the bin liner is quite distinctive and I am hoping that someone might recognise it.”

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who might have seen the bag being left in the undergrowth.

The funeral of the unidentified baby will be held in Upminster today, Friday 2nd September.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call 020 8217 6555 or to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.