Police doing 'all they can' in search for mother of baby found dead at recycling centre

An officer stands next to the cordon after the body of a newborn baby was found onsite at Sackers in Needham Market...

Suffolk police have said they are doing "everything they can" to find the mother of a baby found at Sackers recycling plant in Needham Market - Credit: Archant

Detectives are doing "all they can" to find the mother of a newborn baby girl whose body was found at a recycling centre in Needham Market seven months ago. 

Officers were called shortly after 3pm on Thursday, May 14, to Sackers recycling centre in Ipswich Road, where the body of the baby girl was discovered.

It is believed she was taken to Sackers on the same day within one of two waste collection vehicles that collected commercial waste throughout the day from 52 different locations.

DI Karl Nightingale said: "We are still investigating the tragic circumstances that led to this newborn baby girl being found.

"Although it has been just over seven months since she was found, we want to reassure everyone that we are doing all we can; remaining determined and hopeful of identifying her parents.

"We know that Christmas can be an extremely difficult time for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby and we are continuing to urge her mother and father to come forward so they can gain the support they need.

Chief Superintendent Tonya Antonis is appealing for information after the body of a newborn baby was

Chief Superintendent Tonya Antonis is appealing for information after the body of a newborn baby was found at Sackers in Needham Market Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

"We are repeating our previous plea for anyone with information about the baby girl’s death to come forward, however difficult this may be.

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"This information could be vital and may help us piece together the identity of this newborn baby.”

As part of the complex investigation, officers reviewed more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and visited over 800 addresses.

A comprehensive search was undertaken at Sackers recycling centre, during which a number of items were seized.

However, following analysis, the items did not provide any further answers in the search for the parents of this baby girl.

A Home Office post-mortem was held on Tuesday, May 19, with the initial findings proving to be undetermined pending further investigations, which are continuing but will take more time.

The site was closed while investigations were carried out Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The site was closed while investigations were carried out Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Chief Superintendent Tonya Antonis said: “Detectives are still searching for the baby girl’s mother and urging anyone with information to come forward. Whilst this may be difficult, someone may hold the key to this complex investigation.

“I can’t imagine what she must have been going through, physically and emotionally.

“Our priorities are identifying the baby and tracing the mother.”



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