Police appeal after discovery at golf course where baby’s body found

Police investigating the discovery of a baby’s body at a golf course have found a toy doll during their search.

Detectives at Merseyside Police have urged the public to continue to help their investigation over the heartbreaking death of the baby boy in Wirral.

Two dog walkers found the body of a full term baby close to the 16th green at Brackenwood golf course on Tuesday, February 16.

It is believed the baby may have been there for some weeks before being discovered, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Today officers have confirmed that following an extensive search of the golf course, a toy baby doll has been found.

It had some grey tape wrapped around it alongside a plastic protein shake/water bottle with a red top in the wooded area around the Bebington course.

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Police, who have answered a series of questions on the investigation which can be read below, stress it is not clear at this stage if the discovery is in any way connected.

But they are asking anyone with information to come forward so the discovery can be eliminated from enquiries.

Forensic tests are still being carried out to establish the cause of death.

Merseyside Police said detectives have been carrying out extensive enquiries in conjunction with the local authority and health and social care colleagues and other police forces as well as making further enquiries into the recent birth of baby boys on the Wirral which will be extended to the wider Merseyside area and neighbouring forces.

But sadly at this stage the baby’s mum has still not been traced.

And such has been the outpouring of grief that police are now having to politely ask that people cease sending their kind donations of clothing and blankets for the baby due to the huge response.

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Detective Chief Inspector Judith Blease said: “Investigations of this kind always take time and I would like to thank the people living nearby the golf course for their patience while we have carried out our enquiries.

“Officers carried out a painstaking and lengthy search of the golf course and surrounding area to establish if there was anything further to assist the investigation.

“It is not clear if the doll or the bottle is anyway connected with this case but we would ask anyone who thinks they saw either item or has any idea how they ended up there to contact us so that we can eliminate them.

“We are continuing to work closely with our partners to follow a number of potential lines of enquiry as we all know how important it is for us to find the baby’s mum and ensure she is safe and well and has the help and support that she needs.”

She added: “We know there has been a huge outpouring of sympathy from the local community and we have received offers of assistance and donations of clothing and blankets for the baby from local charities and bereavement groups. We are grateful but would ask that no further items are donated..

“We continue to ask for anyone who has information to please come forward. It is vital that we are able to find the baby’s mum and reunite the baby with his family so that he can be put to rest.”

Anyone who has information which could assist the investigation is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police answer questions on the investigation so far

  • What efforts are being made to find the baby’s mother and how do police forces, generally, try to identify a parent in tragic cases such as these? What other agencies are the police working with for this? We have been working with our partners including health professionals and the local authority and social care and other police forces and making further enquiries into the recent births of baby boys in the Wirral
  • Has there been any success in tracing relatives? Not at this stage – we would continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward
  • There’s been an outpouring of grief and compassion from people in the community, what has the response been like? We have had contact from local charities and bereavement groups with offers of help and assistance and donations of clothes have been received. We are very grateful but would ask that no further clothing is donated.
  • How are the police working to identify the baby? We are continuing to examine a number of forensic opportunities
  • Have arrangements for a funeral/service been made? Funeral details will be dealt with by the coroner
  • Has the cause of death been established? Forensic tests remain ongoing
  • Are there any further appeals the police would like to issue? A toy baby doll which had some grey tape wrapped around it and a plastic protein shake/water bottle with a red top was found in woodland at the side of the course by officers. It is not clear at this stage if it is anyway connected but we would ask for anyone with information to come forward so we can eliminate it from our enquiries.

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