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Saturday 3 December 2016

Baby to be fostered as fears for mum grow

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The scene at Windmill Lane Rathcoole where a baby was found abandoned
The scene at Windmill Lane Rathcoole where a baby was found abandoned

The mother of the newborn baby girl found abandoned in a plastic bag in west Dublin has still not come forward as gardai grow increasingly concerned for her welfare.

The child is now expected to be placed in foster care in the coming days.

The baby girl was found wrapped in a towel or blanket in a plastic bin liner, which had been folded over at the top to prevent her getting wet and cold in the torrential rain last Friday.

While the bag was folded closed, it was not sealed so there was little risk the baby would suffocate. Gardai are satisfied that the mother went to efforts to ensure her baby would be found quickly and safely.

Paramedics said the baby had been fed when she was left on the rural Steelstown Road on the Dublin border with Kildare near Rathcoole.

The tiny girl is now in a stable condition and is being cared for in the Coombe Hospital.

READ MORE: Baby found in plastic bag treated in hospital as fears grow for mum

Today, the child and family agency Tusla told the Herald that the baby would only remain in hospital until she is well enough to leave.

"She will then be placed with a foster family, probably in the coming days," a Tusla spokeswoman said.

"From our perspective, we would appeal for the girl's mother to come forward because she needs help and also to have a say in the future of her child.

"The mother will not be forced into taking her back, and she will not be judged or pressurised, but she can have a say in the child's future with regard to fostering or adoption," she added.

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Only a parent can sign adoption papers, and if this cannot be done a child will remain in foster care until they are 18.

"The mum might also be able to give us some background into the child that would help find her the right home," said the Tusla spokeswoman.

"She will also be better able to move forward with her life if she is involved in the decisions for her baby's future.

If placed in foster care, the baby will be given a first name and then the courts become involved in deciding a surname before the child reaches school-going age.

Gardai have renewed their appeal for information in relation to the discovery and say a case conference will be held today.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Gardai at Clondalkin on 01 6667600.

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