Police have released a special video message to reach out to the mother of the newborn baby who was found outside a Leeds vicarage exactly one year ago today.
Despite extensive enquiries over the last 12 months, officers are still yet to identify the mother of the baby boy who was pronounced dead at hospital shortly after being found outside the vicarage of St Peter’s Church, in Hough Lane, Bramley, at about 9am on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Bryar has created the personal message to the baby’s mother in the hope that she can finally be traced and given support, and her son can be laid to rest.
In the message she says: “A year ago today, your newborn baby boy was found outside the vicarage of St Peter’s Church, in Bramley, in Leeds.
“He was taken to hospital but he had sadly died.
“I still don’t know what the circumstances were around him being left there, but I’m worried about how you’re feeling, particularly on this the first anniversary of him being found.
“I want you to know that you are not in trouble with the police, and our only concern is your welfare.
“You left your baby boy at the vicarage.
“You chose somewhere you knew he would be found, and found by someone who would make sure he was looked after and safe.
“That was important to you and you clearly cared about him.
“I can only imagine what you have been through and are still going through, and I want to help you get the right support.
“He can’t be laid to rest as things stand, and that’s something I want you as his mother to be able to lead the arrangements for and to have your wishes respected. I want you to have an opportunity to say goodbye properly.”
A dedicated mobile phone number (07423 630902) has been set up for the mother, or anyone who knows her, to call.
Any other information should be passed on via 101.
At the same time, officers have arranged for leaflets appealing for information to be delivered to around 9,000 homes in the area surrounding the vicarage as it is thought the baby’s mother is likely to be local.
A DNA profile of the mother has also been recovered which can be used to easily eliminate anyone put forward as being the mother if it is not them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via 101 quoting Operation Plaindance or visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us.