Appeal For Mum Of Baby Found At Shipley Waste Depot

19 May 2012, 10:26

One year on from the discovery of the body of a baby girl in Shipley, Police are appealing for the mum to come forward, so they can plan to bury her.

West Yorkshire Police are looking for the mum of the baby girl found in a waste management depot in Shipley on May 19, 2011, to come forward to help solve the mystery of her death and identify her.

Officers are now working with the Coroner to get her body released for burial.

Horrified staff at the Associated Waste Management Depot found remains of the baby girl, who was just a couple of days old.

Over the past year police have sent 37,000 letters to homes in Bradford Leeds and surrounding area which sent waste to the depot to appeal for information.

Officers now have a DNA profile of the child but they are still struggling to find the mum.

They think the baby was born outside of hospital, but a post mortem couldn’t find a cause of death.

Detective Superintendent Sukhbir Singh of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who is leading the investigation, said: “We still believe the mother of this baby is from the West Yorkshire area and it is possible she may well be in need of help herself following such a traumatic event.'

Det Supt Singh added: “I am aware that 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.” 

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