Appeal for information one week after baby found in Walsall canal

We’re continuing to appeal for information following the discovery of a baby boy in a canal in Walsall last week.

Today, (27 May) detectives and local officers returned to the scene in Rough Wood Country Park, off Hunts Lane in Willenhall, to mark the one week anniversary since the little boy was found at 1pm on 20 May by a passer-by.

He was found in the canal near Bentley Wharf bridge.

Watch DCI Jim Munro appeal here 

The area is a busy country park with lots of access points. We know it’s used regularly by people walking, running, bird watching and fishing. Boats also use the canal network.

Local officers are speaking to people using the park and canal and delivering witness appeal leaflets in the local area.

A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday (26 May), the results were inconclusive, but we do believe the little boy could have died during labour or shortly after.

He’s likely to have been in the water for several days so we’re asking you to cast your mind back and think whether you have seen anything suspicious over the last two weeks.

We’re also appealing directly to the mother or the wider family of this little boy – please come forward and tell us what has happened.

We believe that she may need medical support and we’re very concerned about her wellbeing. We can help and offer her support if she can find the courage to contact us.

Information can be given to us in the strictest of confidence if preferred.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from our force CID, said: “Our priority continues to be finding this little boy’s mother.

“We understand the strength of feeling around this tragedy. It’s simply heart-breaking. We want to make sure mum is ok and are working with partners in health, social care and education to see if they can help us identify her.

“I’d like to thank the community and partners for their assistance so far. We’re following a number of leads from information you have provided.

“However, while I realise how distressing this news is for the local community, I’d continue to ask that you don’t speculate on the circumstances, it hinders our investigation and is painful for those involved.

“My thoughts are with the little boy at this sad time.”

Anyone with information, CCTV footage or dash cam footage can provide it via our dedicated website: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/20HQ20H38-PO1 or you can contact us via live chat on our website or call 101.

 

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