Dog walker finds newborn baby girl wrapped in towel and dumped in shopping bag on London street in minus 6C – police urge mother to come forward

Police have launched an urgent appeal for information after a newborn baby girl was found on a street in London – wrapped in a towel and thrown in a shopping bag in sub-zero temperatures.

The Metropolitan Police say a member of the public walking his dog found the child at the junction of the Greenway and High Street South in Newham, in the east end of the capital, at 9.13pm on Thursday night.

Officers say the girl was wrapped in a towel and placed in a shopping bag before being abandoned; they are now hoping to hear from her mother, who has expressed concern for her welfare.

Temperatures in London dropped to at least minus 6 degrees Celsius last night – but miraculously the girl was unharmed and is being cared for by local paramedics.

Borough of Newham Council has been contacted by the Met with a view to safeguarding the child in the short term.

A newborn baby girl was found dumped in a shopping bag at the junction of the Greenway and High Street South in Newham, east London (file photo)

Members of the public who may know the girl and may be able to identify her mother have been urged to contact police as soon as possible.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, who leads Newham Police, praised the member of the public who discovered the newborn baby girl in the middle of the street.

He said: “The person thought quickly and kept the little girl warm until the London Ambulance Service arrived and checked her over before taking her to hospital.

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“I am pleased to report that she was unharmed and is safe and well cared for by hospital staff.

«I am grateful to the members of the public who stayed at the scene to speak to the police and paramedics – your actions helped save the child’s life.»

Ch Supt Crick urged the mother to come. She asked the public to call 999, not 101, with any information regarding her welfare.

He continued: “We are extremely concerned for her welfare as she has been through a traumatic ordeal and will need immediate medical attention after the birth.

“Trained paramedics and specialist officers are on hand to support her and we urge her to get in touch by phone or go to the nearest hospital or police station.

«If you are a mother of a child, please know that your daughter is fine, whatever your circumstances please call 999 for help.»

Anyone with information can contact the Metropolitan Police on 999 quoting reference CAD 6876/18 Jan.

Borough of Newham Council has been contacted for comment.

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