UPDATE | Mother of newborn baby found dead on supermarket car park is identified
UPDATE (8pm, 11 April) | We’ve identified the mother as a result of our earlier appeal and she is now receiving appropriate care.
We will be speaking to her in due course.
Thank you to everyone for sharing the below appeal.
We’re urgently trying to find the mother of a newborn baby who has been found dead on a supermarket car park in Bilston today (Sunday).
We were alerted by a member of the public who made the tragic discovery at the car park of Morrisons on the Black Country Route just after 9am.
At the moment we do not know when they were born or how they came to be in the car park.
We’re extremely concerned for the welfare of the baby’s mother, and urgently appealing for her or anyone who knows who she is to come forward.
Det Insp Jim Edmonds, from our public protection unit, said: “This is a truly tragic discovery, and we’ve been treating the scene and the baby with the utmost care and dignity today.
“While we don’t yet know what has happened, what we do know is that there must be a mother out there who is in real need of help − and she is my absolute priority at the moment.
“We have been checking CCTV and speaking to hospitals, but it may be that the mother or someone who knows who she is sees this appeal.
“I really want to speak to her to make sure she’s OK, and to ensure that she can get the help that she urgently needs."
Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch, quoting log 842 of 11 April.
Officers can be reached via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In an emergency, call 999.