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Newborn baby is left at Jersey's General Hospital

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A NEWBORN baby has been left at Jersey's General Hospital.

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The boy, who still had his umbilical cord attached, was left in the waiting area of the Emergency Department for staff to find at about 5.40 am on Sunday.

He has been medically assessed and is described as being fit and well.

Baby left at General Hospital

Police CCTV shows what’s believed to be two women walking through Parade Gardens from the direction of Rouge Bouillon and one is seen carrying the baby.

The woman carrying the baby is then seen to enter the Emergency Department alone and leave shortly afterwards without the baby.

She then joins the other woman and they both walk off.

Superintendent James Wileman said: 'We are extremely worried about the welfare of the mother. She may have been one of the two people who left the baby in the care of the Emergency Department but this cannot be confirmed.

'I want to appeal directly to the mother so that we can offer her medical and emotional support.

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'We know to do this she must have been desperate and by leaving the baby at the hospital we know she wanted him to be looked after and to know he was safe so our paramount concern now is for the mother’s safety and welfare.'

Midwife Jan Auffret added: 'We are concerned about the health of the mother of the baby boy and are appealing for her to come forward.

'You can contact me directly and I will be available to talk to you on 07797 710885. We would like to reassure mum that the baby boy is currently being cared for and looked after and is doing well. We want to ensure that mum is provided with the medical support she needs.'

The States police say the overriding concern is to make sure the mother is safe and well. The police will be working with partners agencies to try to find the mother so that support can be offered.

The police would also like to appear to anyone else who may have information that could lead to the mother being identified.

Anyone with information is being asked to phone the States police on 612200 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Richard Heath

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