Police are looking for the parents of a seven-day-old baby after they ignore medical advice to take her to the emergency room

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Police desperately search for parents of seven-day-old baby after ignoring medical advice to take her to emergency room for serious respiratory disease

  • Baby, who is called ‘Baby Graham’ by the police, is a daughter of Azara and Machel Graham
  • Investigators are calling on the public to help them find the family in South London
  • They have not been seen since a post-natal assessment on Thursday, police said
  • Parents were told the baby had symptoms of a serious respiratory condition
  • They said they should be taken to the emergency room for an urgent assessment, the Met Police said
  • Police said it has launched a risky missing persons investigation

Police desperately try to locate the parents of a seven-day-old girl after the couple ignored medical advice to take her to the emergency room.

The baby – whom the police calls ‘Baby Graham’ – is the daughter of Azara and Machel Graham from South London.

During a routine post-natal assessment, the parents were told that the child has symptoms consistent with severe respiratory disease.

Medics said she should be taken to the emergency room for an urgent assessment, but the Grahams did not heed the advice and their whereabouts are now unknown.

The baby - whom the police calls 'Baby Graham' - is the daughter of Azara and Machel (photo) Graham

Police are desperate for the parents of a seven-day-old girl after the couple ignored medical advice to take her to the emergency room for a serious respiratory disease. The baby – whom the police calls ‘Baby Graham’ – is the daughter of Azara (left) and Machel (right) Graham

Police said it has launched a high-risk missing persons investigation and an urgent investigation is underway.

Police have visited the couple’s home in Southwark several times in the past 24 hours, a statement said.

Until now, they have found no trace of the couple and the baby.

Detective Chief Superintendent Lucy O’Connor, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are increasingly concerned about Baby Graham’s safety.

Her parents did not follow the medical advice they received and could endanger her health.

“There will be a time and a place to inquire into their reasons, but at the moment our priority must be the safety of this very young baby.”

During a routine post-natal assessment, the parents were told that the child (image of the file) has symptoms consistent with a serious respiratory condition

During a routine post-natal assessment, the parents were told that the child (image of the file) has symptoms consistent with a serious respiratory condition

She added: ‘While we would of course ask the public to pay attention to Baby Graham’s parents, we think it is likely that they are being cared for by relatives or colleagues.

“I would urge those people to put this little girl’s well-being above all other loyalty and contact the police.

“I would also like to appeal directly to Azara and Machel to do the right thing and go to the nearest ER so Baby Graham can get the care she needs.”

Anyone who sees the baby or her parents is urged to call the police at 999 quoting reference 21MIS011809, while anyone with other useful information should call 101.

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