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Newborn baby found in Newham given temporary name as police appeal to mother

Met Police have provided a further update after a newborn baby was found in a carrier bag on a street in Newham last night.

The Statement by Chf Supt Simon Crick after newborn baby found in Newham
My name is Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, I am the lead for policing in Newham.

“Last night we were called by a member of the public out walking their dog, who had discovered a newborn baby in a re-usable shopping bag at the junction of Greenway and High Street South, E6.

“Thinking fast, that person kept the baby girl warm until London Ambulance Service paramedics arrived and checked her over before taking her to hospital. I am delighted to report that she wasn’t injured in any way and is safe and well in the care of hospital staff. They have given her a temporary name – Elsa.

“I am grateful to the members of the public who stayed at the scene to speak with officers and medics – your actions contributed to saving Elsa’s life.

“We believe Elsa to have been less than an hour old when she was found. We do not yet know how long she had been there when she was found.

“Our thoughts now turn to the baby’s mother; we are extremely concerned for her welfare as she will have been through a traumatic ordeal and will be in need of immediate medical attention following the birth.

“Trained medics and specialist officers are ready to support her and we urge her to get in touch by phone or walk in to the nearest hospital or police station.

“If you are the baby’s mother please know that your daughter is well, no matter what your circumstances please do seek help by dialling 999.”