Investigators investigating a dead newborn baby boy in a canal believe he was secretly born and “probably not alive” when he was put in the water.
The full-term child was found naked in the water, according to West Midlands police, following the initial results of a post-mortem investigation conducted Wednesday.
Officers have previously said that the baby may have been in the water for up to four days before being discovered on May 20 in a nature preserve in Rough Wood park, Willenhall, in Walsall.
A week after the grim find, on Thursday, an improvised monument had been erected on a nearby walkway across the canal.
There was a handful of teddy bears in plastic bags, which they kept dry from the recent unusual wet weather, next to bunches of flowers.
In a sign of how the baby’s death has affected the local community, a note addressed to the child addressed to ‘Dear?’ Read, ‘I know you are in heaven, but I want you to be happy there. and living a good life. ‘
PC Charlotte Gardner and PCSO Suki Lally in the rugged Wood Country Park in Walsall attractive
Detective Superintendent Jim Munro in Rough Wood Country Park in Walsall, where a dead newborn baby boy was found in the local canal last week
Officers speak to a passerby about an incident that took place in Rough Wood park in Walsall, where a dead newborn baby boy was found in the local canal
It added, “I’m so sorry you passed that way and I hope God takes care of you.”
Officers have said they would like to get medical help from the child’s mother and get answers about how the baby got into the water.
Detectives also try to poke people’s consciences and call on those who know the mother or what happened to talk to the police in confidence.
The child was left in a remote place with the towpath in both directions away from the scene, complicating the investigation.
The reserve, bisected by the Wyrley and Essington Canal, is crisscrossed with footpaths leading to nearby residential roads and estates, making it potentially ‘very difficult’ to bring people’s movements together, police said.
Detective Jim Munro of the West Midlands Police Department, who delivered the appeal directly to the child’s mother, said: “ Again I appeal directly to my mother to come forward so we can give you the medical attention and support. you need – that’s our number one priority.
‘I also appeal to people who may have information about who Mommy is or how the little boy ended up in the canal.
“I ask you to come forward, whether in confidence, and speak to the police.”
“We continue to work with experts on how the little baby died,” he added.
Details from a leaflet explaining the incident that took place at Rough Wood park in Walsall, where a dead newborn baby boy was found in the local canal
Flower tribute left near Rough Wood Country Park in Walsall said ‘I know you’re in heaven’
“We know from yesterday’s post-mortem examination that the baby died either during the birth process or in the hours immediately following it.”
“ Ultimately, our belief is that he was probably not alive at the time when he went into the water, but while further tests are underway, I cannot give you that definitively, ” he said.
“Right now we are going through a long process to determine the medical cause of death.”
He said, “We believe this is a birth that took place somewhere where Mother has not had any kind of medical assistance.
“Again, I ask people to think about their own consciences and Mom’s medical needs and to speak to the police, in confidence if necessary.”
Police are calling on anyone who saw anything in the week leading up to May 20 to provide information – insignificant as it may seem, while a CCTV trawl is in full swing.
Mr Munro described the circumstances under which the baby was found and said that a walker using the towpath saw the toddler in the water, called the police at about 1:00 pm, and the youngster was subsequently recovered.
Agents will also go door to door leaflets in an effort to raise awareness.
Meanwhile, police are still trying to track down the mother of another baby boy, who was abandoned on April 22 in a park in Birmingham’s Kings Norton neighborhood.
It came after a baby boy, believed to be off-term, was found dead on April 11 in the parking lot of a Morrison supermarket in Bilston, in the Black Country.
A man and a woman were arrested in connection with that incident.