A desperate appeal has been made for the mother of a baby girl, whose body was found dumped on a waste sorting site, to come forward ahead of the child’s funeral.
The body of the newborn baby was found a year ago today (May 19) by horrified workers at the Associated Waste Management Depot in Valley Road, Shipley. The baby is thought to be just two to three days old.
Police are working with West Yorkshire’s Coroner to arrange a funeral for the baby.
For the past 12 months detectives have worked tirelessly to try to find the mother, tracking waste collections from homes across west Leeds and south Bradford.
Police sent out 37,000 letters appealing for information, stressing their concern for the mother following the death of her child.
A post mortem examination failed to determine how the baby died, and it is feared the cause of her death may never be established. Detailed scientific work has now provided officers with a DNA profile of the child and while a matching profile of the mother has not been found on record, it has helped their investigations. Detectives believe the baby was not delivered in a hospital
Det Supt Sukhbir Singh of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET), who is leading the inquiry, said: “This has been a painstaking and emotive inquiry for us as detectives over the past 12 months.
“Inquiries very much remain ongoing and I again urge the child’s mother and family to come forward and help us identify her baby girl before she is laid to rest. We still believe the mother of this baby is from the West Yorkshire area. I am aware many people, including staff at the waste management depot, have taken an interest in supporting the funeral of the baby. I thank them for their community spirit in wanting to make sure that this young baby girl who had such a short life is laid to rest with dignity and remembered as she deserves to be.”
Anyone with information should contact Det Sgt Ian Lawrie at HMET on 01924 334676 or email HMET at email@example.com or to CrimeStoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.