New plea by gardai to baby Maria's mum
THE bags in which a newborn baby girl was found on a south Dublin roadside are being forensically examined in an effort to trace the child's mother.
Concerns for the woman's welfare are growing and gardai along with the child and family agency Tusla yesterday renewed their appeal for the woman to come forward.
The authorities are worried she may fear the prospect of criminal charges.
However, Supt Brendan Connolly, who is leading the investigation, said the mother "has absolutely nothing to fear by coming forward".
"This is not a criminal investigation in the strictest sense. We are concerned first and last with the welfare of this mother," he said yesterday.
"The mother should have absolutely no fear of coming to talk to us."
Gardai are carrying out forensic tests on the black refuse sack and the Marks & Spencers bag in which the baby, named Maria, was found wrapped in an effort to find DNA or fingerprints. Officers also distributed leaflets at the scene of the discovery yesterday and said the infant is "doing very well".
Meanwhile, a 14-year-old girl who gave birth to her second child has been moved from Holles Street to Cork University Hospital.
Gardai are concerned that the girl, who is from a Roma family, could leave the hospital, and a care order has been granted to Tusla.
Due to her age, this is regarded as statutory rape and gardai are examining the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy.