Mobile police station at baby death scene
7:25am Friday 22nd March 2013 in News
A WEEK after a baby girl’s body was found dumped in a Lostock lane, police have returned to the scene to lay flowers and appeal for information.
Officers have revealed the newborn — which has been named Alia by police — was born at 37 weeks and was discovered wrapped in a shirt and a pair of trousers by a couple walking their dog.
There was a note with the baby, requesting an Islamic burial, but police say this cannot be carried out until they know how she died.
A mobile police station was set up at the scene yesterday to encourage anyone with information to come forward.
The baby girl, who was found at 4.55pm on March 14, is thought to have been at the scene, just off Ox Hey Lane, between one and three days.
Officers believe a code on the white cotton shirt, which has a collar size of 15-and-a-half inches and is from the Florence and Fred range at Tesco, may help them discover which store it was bought from and when.
Black baggy three-quarter length men’s trousers, without a label, were also wrapped around the baby.
Ch Insp Carol Martin, from GMP’s Bolton division, said: “The mother’s well being is our main concern. I can’t imagine not having any medical care having given birth.
“It is difficult to imagine how distressed the mother must be to have just given birth to a baby and left it at the scene. For somebody to do this there is obviously an element of shame of upset or maybe she is not well.”
Police stressed there was help “on standby” for the mother’s emotional and physical needs.
Ch Insp Martin said: “We need to get her medically checked out and obviously we want help in resolving some of the questions we have. The mother can come to us and we will try to follow her wishes as much as possible.”
Police do not know whether the request for an Islamic burial was made by the parents or from someone who left the baby in the country lane.
They are also unsure if the parents are from Bolton and have appealed to people out of the area.
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5448, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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