Post mortem result of baby found in Bolton
3:17pm Monday 18th March 2013 in News
Police have confirmed the newborn baby whose body was found in Bolton was a girl.
Police were called to Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, after a man and woman out walking their dog discovered the body of a baby shortly before 4.55pm on Thursday March 14.
Officers attended and discovered the baby wrapped up in clothing and plastic bags.
Officers also recovered a note that requested the baby receive an Islamic burial.
A post mortem examination has been carried out and the cause of death remains unascertained.
The age and ethnicity of the baby are still unknown and it remains unclear whether the baby was live or stillborn. The post mortem did confirm however that the baby was a girl.
Further tests will now be carried out.
Chief Inspector Carol Martin, said: "We can now confirm the baby was a little girl but there are still a number of questions that remain unanswered.
Chief among these questions is the identity of the mother. Our priority remains to trace the mother who we imagine must be having an extremely distressing time.
“We are still very worried about the parents physical and emotional state.
"It is likely the mother in particular will require some form of medical attention and I want to appeal directly to both parents or anyone who knows them to contact police or visit your GP or local hospital.
"It is vitally important that I stress support networks are in place and are waiting and on hand to help the parents.
“People will notice and increased police presence in the area this Thursday as it will be a week on from this sad discovery. If you have any questions of concerns then please approach the officers – they are there to help.
"I want to reiterate our appeal to residents in the Lostock area who perhaps use Ox Hey Lane for running, cycling or walking on a frequent or daily basis: have you noticed a pile of what appeared to be clothing and plastic bags in the shrubbery off the tarmacked area recently?
"If so, please call us."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5599, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.