Abandoned Worcester baby: Police renew appeal to trace mother

Baby grow The vest baby Joseph was wrapped in was a plain white, long-sleeved popper vest

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Images of the vest and blanket an abandoned baby boy was found wrapped in have been released in an effort to help trace his mother.

The child, who has been named Joseph, was found wrapped in an orange hessian bag in the Lower Wick area of Worcester last Thursday.

He is now being cared for by foster parents.

West Mercia Police said they need to find his mother and make sure she is safe and well.

Officers trying to find her have released photographs of the baby grow Joseph was wearing, as well as a blanket he was wrapped in.

A picture of the bag he was found in - believed to be from South Africa - was released on Friday.

Named by nursing staff, Joseph was cared for at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital before being released into the care of social services on Monday.

He was found on the doorstep of local childminder Adrienne Hunt who has said that whoever left the baby with her must have known what she did for a living.

Police said one theory is that Joseph's mother may have concealed the pregnancy.

Blanket baby Joseph was found in Police said Joseph was found wrapped in this white blanket made by the Ashton's Zorbit brand

Det Insp Neil Austin said: "We are doing all we can to find his mother, her physical and mental health and welfare remain our priority and we need to confirm she is safe and well.

"While lots of people have shown a great amount support for Joseph, not many have contacted us with significant information.

"I want to repeat our appeal for anyone who might have the slightest idea who Joseph's mother may be to get in touch."

He added police were still no closer to determining the ethnicity of Joseph.

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