Police appeal for mother of baby boy found dead to come forward

Police appeal for mother of baby boy found dead to come forward

Police appeal for mother to come forward as post-mortem is held for baby boy whose body was found abandoned on golf course

  • Infant was found at Brackenwood golf course in Wirral, Merseyside, on Friday.
  • A post-mortem to establish the baby’s cause of death will be held today 
  • Force trying to find baby’s mother to ‘check her welfare and offer any support’

Police have launched a desperate appeal to track down the mother of a ‘full-term’ baby boy found dead on a golf course.

The infant’s body was discovered by a young couple out walking their dogs at Brackenwood golf course in the Wirral, Merseyside, on Friday.

A post-mortem to establish the baby’s cause of death will be held today.

Merseyside Police are trying to find the baby’s mother to ‘check her welfare and offer any support’ – and they urge anyone with information to come forward ‘as a matter of urgency’. 

Police have launched a desperate appeal to track down the mother of a ‘full-term’ baby boy found dead on a golf course in the Wirral (police at the scene on Sunday)

Police officers (pictured at the scene on Sunday) have launched an investigation into the death of the ‘full-term baby boy’ and have been at the course over the weekend following the grim discovery

Shocked neighbours said a couple, in their 20s, were distraught after discovering the body. 

As forensic tents was put up around the 16th fairway of the popular golf course -which is run by Wirral Council – over the weekend and teddy bears and floral tributes were left at the scene. 

One read: ‘Sweet dreams and rest in peace.’

A force spokesman said it was not yet clear when the baby died, how long the baby’s body had been there or the cause of death.

Dog walker Sue McLoughlan, 47, said she saw a couple being ‘taken away in a police car’ that she believed were the ones who discovered the infant’s body.

‘They were young – in their 20s – and looked upset and ashen-faced. It must have been awful for them. It’s just so sad,’ she told The Sun.

 The infant was found dead by a young couple out walking their dogs at Brackenwood golf course in the Wirral, Merseyside, on Friday (police at the scene on Sunday)

As forensic tents was put up around the 16th fairway of the popular golf course -which is run by Wirral Council – over the weekend and teddy bears and floral tributes were left at the scene (pictured) 

A force spokesman said it was not yet clear when the baby died, how long the baby’s body had been there or the cause of death (police at the scene on Sunday)

She said a path runs across the golf course near to where the body was found, thought to be close to the 16th or 18th fairway. 

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said he’d also seen a couple speaking to police.

He said: ‘I saw a lot of police cars arriving at the golf course and walked up the road to see what was going on.

‘Then I saw a couple being taken away by police, so I assume they had something to do with the baby’s body being found.’

Merseyside Police said the body had been discovered by a couple who were out walking their dogs. 

Pictures from the scene on Sunday showed forensic officers scouring the area.

The club has been closed since January 4 in accordance with the national lockdown guidelines.

Dog walker Sue McLoughlan, 47, said she saw a couple being ‘taken away in a police car’ that she believed were the ones who discovered the infant’s body (police at the scene on Sunday)

An extensive search of the area has now been carried out by specialist officers and an investigation is ongoing. A post mortem is due to take place on Monday. Pictured, officers at the golf course on Saturday

Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Turner said: ‘This is obviously a very distressing incident but I want the public to be reassured that we will do everything in our powers to investigate what has taken place. I would ask that people avoid speculating about what has happened until the full facts are known.

‘At this stage, all we can say is that the body of what appears to be a full-term baby boy was discovered in a wooded area on the golf course yesterday and police were alerted.

‘A post mortem will take place on Monday to establish how and when he died and how long his body was there before being discovered.

‘Extensive enquiries are currently being carried out to trace the mother of the baby to check her welfare and offer any support. I would ask anyone who has any information which could assist us with that to contact us as a matter of urgency.

‘I would also ask anyone who has any information which could further assist the investigation to contact us either by calling 101, DM @MerPolCC or anonymously via CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.’ 

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