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Images released of abandoned baby in Hackney in appeal to find mother

Baby Edward was believed to be about 12 hours old when he was found

Images of a newborn baby, who was found abandoned on a doorstep in Hackney, have been released in an appeal to trace his mother.

Concerns are growing for the welfare of the mother who’s baby, named Edward by hospital staff, was found on Saturday in Sandringham Road.

Detectives are urging her to come forward so that she can receive medical care and support.

Police were called by a member of the public at around 11:40am on Saturday, following reports of the abandoned newborn.

He was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service where he remains safe and well.

Baby Edward was believed to be about 12 hours old when he was found.

Baby Edward is being cared for by hospital staff

Detective Sergeant Andy Barry, from Central East Area Safeguarding Unit, said: “I am reaching out to Edward’s mother. You are my primary concern.

“I do not know the circumstances around Edward’s birth, but as a father myself, I understand how daunting becoming a parent can be.

“I can offer you help, please be assured that you are not in trouble. Edward is safe and well and your health and wellbeing is our priority.

“To anyone who may know Edward’s mother, I’d urge you to come forward and help me locate her – this can be done in confidence.” 

Police are also appealing to hear urgently from anyone who was in the Sandringham Road area between 10am and 12pm on Saturday. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the police on 101 quoting Cad 3039/25Jan or stay anonymous by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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