Urgent appeal to trace mother of newborn baby girl found in a shopping bag in the freezing cold on a street in Newham

19th January 2024

Police have launched an urgent appeal after a member of the public found a baby girl in a shopping bag on a street in Newham last night.

The infant was discovered wrapped in a towel at the junction of Greenway and High Street South, E6 on one of the coldest nights of the year.Passers-by kept the girl warm and called police who are appealing for her mother to come forward.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, said: "Last night we were called by a member of the public out walking their dog, who discovered a newborn baby in a shopping bag at the junction of Greenway and High Street South, E6.

"Thinking fast, that person kept the baby girl warm until London Ambulance Service paramedics arrived and checked her over before taking her to hospital. I am delighted to report that she wasn’t injured in any way and is safe and well in the care of hospital staff.

“I am grateful to the members of the public who stayed at the scene to speak with officers and medics – your actions contributed to saving the baby’s life.

"Our thoughts now turn to the baby mother; we are extremely concerned for her welfare as she will have been through a traumatic ordeal and will be in need of immediate medical attention following the birth.

“Trained medics and specialist officers are ready to support her and we urge her to get in touch by phone or walk in to the nearest hospital or police station.

"If you are the baby’s mother please know that your daughter is well, no matter what your circumstances please do seek help by dialling 999.”

In February 2019 police launched a similar appeal after a newborn baby girl was found wrapped in a towel in a shopping bag in freezing temperatures next to a park bench in Roman Road, Newham.

If you believe you know who the child's mother is, please call 999 ref CAD 6876/18 Jan.