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Sunday 4 December 2016

Fresh appeal made to mum of baby 'Maria' to come forward

Sergeant Maeve O'Sullivan, Superintendent Brendan Connolly and Rita Byrne, Principal Social Worker with the Child and Family Agency Tusla at a press conference about the discovery of a baby in Steelstown, West Dublin
Sergeant Maeve O'Sullivan, Superintendent Brendan Connolly and Rita Byrne, Principal Social Worker with the Child and Family Agency Tusla at a press conference about the discovery of a baby in Steelstown, West Dublin
Replicas of the towel and bags that a baby was found in at Steelstown west Dublin

Gardai have today shown replicas of the blanket and bags that were used to wrap the naked newborn baby who was abandoned on the Dublin Kildare border last Friday afternoon.

The light brown coloured fleece blanket from a Primark store was used to wrap the baby along with a small blue cloth, and the baby was then wrapped in a black plastic bin liner and placed within a paper Marks and Spencer shopping bag.

The baby, which has now been named Maria by social workers and staff caring for her at the Coombe Hospital, is now reported to be doing well and stable.

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Superintendent Brendan Connolly from Clondalkin garda station also renewed his appeal today for the mother to come forward because there are concerns for her welfare.

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Replicas of the towel and bags that a baby was found in at Steelstown west Dublin

He stressed that the mother has nothing to fear and the matter will be dealt with with compassion and sensitivity.

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"The baby was discovered by a young couple who were driving on the road and pulled into the gateway and heard the child whimpering," he told the media.

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The baby was found on the Steelstown Lane near Rathcoole at 3.30pm on Friday.

Supt Connolly confirmed the child is Caucasian.

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"We have had some help from the public but we appeal for anyone who has any more information to come forward," he added.

Sergeant Maeve O'Sullivan of the Child Protection Unit, and Rita Bryne, Prinicpal social worker with the child and family agency Tusla, also appealed for the mother to make herself known because of obvious concerns for her welfare.

"Our hope is that mom will come forward and contact us," said Ms Byrne.

"We are very concerned for the mother's welfare. She may need medical treatment and we will deal with her sensitively," echoed Sgt O'Sullivan.

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