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Saturday 10 December 2016

Baby to be fostered as fears for mum grow

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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 - who is being called Maria by carers - is now expected to be placed in foster care in the coming days.

The baby girl was found wrapped in a Primark-labeled towel which was wrapped in a black plastic bin liner placed in a paper M&S bag, gardai said this morning.

The black bag had been folded over at the top to prevent her getting wet and cold in the torrential rain last Friday.

While it 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 that 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 Tallaght Hospital.

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.

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"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.

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

Anyone with information is urged to contact gardai at Clondalkin Garda Station on 01 6667600.

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