Mother of newborn found dead in UK car park located and "receiving appropriate care"
Following a public appeal, police officers were able to identify the mother last night.
The mother of a newborn baby who was found dead in a car park has been located by West Midlands Police.
According to officers, she is currently receiving "appropriate care".
The infant's body was found in the car park of a supermarket in Bilston, Wolverhampton yesterday morning. Police appealed to the public for help in identifying the child's mother.
Officers did not know how the baby's body came to be at that location.
Last night, the West Midlands Police released a statement, updating the public on the case.
Police said: "We've identified the mother as a result of our earlier appeal and she is now receiving appropriate care.
"We will be speaking to her in due course. Thank you to everyone for sharing the appeal."
In their earlier appeal, officers emphasised the welfare of the baby's mother, describing her as their "absolute priority".
DI Jim Edmonds from the West Midlands Police public protection department said:
"This is truly a tragic discovery, and we've been treating the scene and the baby with the utmost care and dignity today.
"While we don't know yet what has happened, what we do know is that there must be a mother out there who is in real need of help - and she is my absolute priority at the moment."
He continued: "We have been checking CCTV and speaking to hospitals, but it may be that the mother or someone who knows who she is sees this appeal. I really want to speak to her to make sure she's OK, and to ensure that she can get the help she urgently needs."