Mum of newborn baby abandoned in park found after eight-month search

A missing mum whose newborn baby boy was discovered by a dog abandoned in a park has been found after an eight-month police search.

The tot, who was named George by hospital staff after he was found the day before St George’s Day, was just hours old when he was spotted under a bush.

A dogwalker found him wearing a £1 Matalan T-shirt and wrapped in a grubby blanket at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham, at 5.30pm on April 22 after his pet began nudging the tot.

West Midlands Police launched an urgent appeal to find the mum and released an e-fit and CCTV images of the woman.

Following an eight-month search, detectives revealed the mother has been found and is being given “the support and care she needs.”

A force spokesperson said: “Detectives investigating after a baby boy was abandoned in King's Norton in April have identified the baby's mother.

“The baby was found on The Mounds, off Shannon Road on Thursday 22 April. He was found clothed and wrapped in a blanket by a dog walker.

“He is doing really well and is being well cared for.

West Midlands Police said they received an "overwhelming response" to a public appeal, with more than 1,000 lines of enquiry.

The force confirmed that the woman would face “no further action” and would receive continuing support from social services.

A police spokesperson added: “We would like to thank you for all your help and support in what has been a very sensitive and emotive matter for everyone including investigators who have worked tirelessly to ensure this outcome. We wish the baby all the best in the future.”

The little boy was found by a husky dog named Hel who was being walked by her owner, semi-retired royal engineer Terry Walsh.

He said Hel lay beside a rolled-up shawl and began “gently nudging the baby with her nose.

Speaking about the remarkable discovery, Terry, 65, said: “I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn't walk over the glass, and she went off to the blanket, lying next to it and started nudging it with her nose very gently.

“Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel's gentle nudging and the heat from my Husky's body that woke the baby up.

"I thank the Lord that the baby was alive, that could've been a lot worse.

"The baby could've been dead. I said to my neighbours, Heaven sent Hel to rescue newborn baby boy!"

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