Appeal after body of newborn baby found in Weston-super-Mare

Police are urgently appealing for information after a newborn baby was found dead in a private garden in Somerset.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said officers were called at 8.50am on Saturday after a member of the public found the body of a newborn baby boy in a private garden on Victoria Quadrant, Weston-super-Mare.

The force said it was treating the baby’s death as unexplained at this time and is “extremely concerned” for the mother’s welfare, asking anyone with information to come forward.

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Detective chief inspector Mike Buck said: “This is a very sad and distressing incident.

“Have you suspected somebody you know is heavily pregnant, but may not have been willing to disclose this? That person might have a connection with Victoria Quadrant? Their behaviour might have changed in the last 24 hours?

“You can contact us in complete confidence. Our priority right now is to find the mother of this child and support her, so please do the right thing.”

Amanda Braund, of North Somerset Children’s Services, said: “I want to make a direct appeal to the mother.

“I can’t imagine what you’re going through but we want to help you. We have specially trained professionals who can support you and make sure you get the medical attention you need.

“Please get in touch with the police by calling 999 or your nearest hospital.”

Anyone who could help police find the mother is asked to call 999, while those with any other information should call 101, quoting reference number 5220278654.