A desperate search is still on to find the mother of a newborn baby who was found in a Walsall canal.
The little boy was discovered by a passer-by in Rough Wood Country Park, off Hunts Lane, on Thursday, May 20, at around 1pm.
Sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene and a probe is ongoing to understand the circumstances and to trace the boy’s mother.
It’s believed the tragic tot could have been in the water for up to four days.
West Midlands Police told BlackCountryLive it was continuing to appeal for information this morning (May 22).
“We are appealing directly to the mother of this little boy – we believe she may be in need of medical assistance – and our primary concern at this time is to make sure she is okay, both physically and mentally,” the force said.
“Equally, anyone who may know who this woman is, for example, anyone who may have recently been pregnant, but isn’t now, is urged to contact us.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from CID, said: “This discovery is simply tragic. The death of this baby is absolutely heart-breaking.
“Our priority at this time is finding the little boy’s mother.
“We’re also working with partners in health, social care and education to see if they can help us identify his mother.
“I realise how distressing this tragedy is for the local community, but please don’t speculate on the circumstances of this upsetting incident, it hinders our investigation and is painful for those involved.”
Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons, from Walsall Police, said: “I’m shocked and saddened about this deeply tragic discovery.
“My thoughts are with him and the wider community who I know are upset and concerned about the nature of what happened.
“We’ve got local officers in the area offering reassurance, please do speak to them if you have any concerns.”
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Anyone with information, CCTV footage or dash cam footage can provide it via the police’s dedicated website :
You can also get in touch by calling 101 and quoting log number 1963 of May 20. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously.