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Abandoned baby George will go into care if mum isn't found after newborn found dumped in park, police say

A BABY boy abandoned in a park will go into foster care unless police can find his mum.

The newborn, named George by hospital staff, was discovered wearing a £1 Matalan T-shirt at The Mounds in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

Police yesterday released photos of the adorable tot as they issued a fresh appeal to find his mother following last Thursday's discovery.

And they said Birmingham Children's Trust has obtained an interim care order for the baby.

This means baby George will go into care unless his mother comes forward.

Detective Inspector Neil Hunt said: "He will go into foster care where he will be well looked after.

"But we are appealing to mum so we can maybe look to placing him back, but that would be for our partners to decide."

West Midlands Police said the baby was full term, likely to have been born the same day and abandoned hours later.

DI Hunt said: "I am reaching out to George's mother.

"You are my primary concern right now, and we really need to make sure you're okay.

"I don't know the circumstances around George's birth but, as a parent myself, I know exactly how overwhelming becoming a parent can be.

"We're ready to offer you any help and support you may need.

"George is safe and well, and your health and wellbeing is our priority – please be assured that you are not in any trouble.

"If anyone thinks they know who George's mother is, I'd urge you to come forward to help me locate her − you can contact us in confidence."

DI Hunt said George was born full-term on the day he was left and weighed 7lbs 4oz.

He is said to be in a "really good condition, getting on really well and feeding and gaining weight".

Police have released CCTV footage of a woman was in the area at the time although her identity is yet to be confirmed.

If she is the mum, the woman in question is in her late teens or early twenties, about five foot six and with long brown hair, police said.

Cops also released pictures of the Matalan clothes George was wearing when he was found – including in a grey-and-white zig-zag patterned blanket he was wrapped in.

He had an orange striped T-shirt with a picture of a dinosaur on the front below the words 'Dino Dude' and grey bottoms.

The frantic search comes after a hero husky found the newborn under a park bush and "gently nudged him awake," his owner said.

Terry Walsh, 64, heard the baby crying after husky Hel ran over, lay beside the bundle and began "gently nudging" the baby with her nose.

Mr Walsh told Birmingham Live: "As we walked through to the top of The Mounds, looking down towards Shannon Road, there was a lot of glass that had been smashed.

"To my left there was a rolled up blanket just under the bushes. I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn't go over the glass, and she went off to the blanket, lying next to it and started nudging it with her nose very gently.

"Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel's gentle nudging and the heat from my Husky's body that woke the baby up.

"A bigger dog or another dog with a different temperament might well have just ripped and tugged at the blanket and the baby could have been treated like a ragdoll and then you've also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there. How would they treat a baby?"

People can contact West Midlands Police via their website or by calling 101 and quoting log 3476 of April 22.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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