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Birmingham park baby: Appeal to trace mother

Baby Jade
Image caption Jade is expected to be placed with a foster family in the next few days, police said

Police are making a fresh appeal to trace the mother of a baby girl, a week after she was abandoned in a Birmingham park.

The girl, named Jade after the dog who found her, was discovered in Stechford Park, Birmingham on 31 October.

Weighing 6lbs (2.7kg), she was believed to be only 24 hours old when she was discovered wrapped in a towel in a carrier bag.

Police will be handing out leaflets and talking to walkers at the park.

Jade was believed to have been left in the park for about 30 minutes before she was discovered by Roger Wilday and his German shepherd dog.

Mr Wilday said he was shocked when the carrier bag started to move as he went to investigate.

West Midlands Police said Jade had recovered well at Heartlands Hospital and was expected to be placed with a foster care family in the next few days.

'Little personality'

The force said it hoped a visit to the park from 12:45 GMT would provide new information on the mother.

Officers will be handing out leaflets featuring an image of the carrier bag Jade was found in - from toy store The Entertainer.

"Jade is progressing well in hospital and is close to making a full recovery - even now she's beginning to develop a little personality and it's heartbreaking her mother is missing out on these special moments," Ch Insp Ian Green said.

"We're particularly keen to hear from anyone who recalls seeing someone with a bag like that in or near the park last Thursday afternoon.

"I'd urge her mum, or anyone who knows her, to contact us so we can reunite her with her baby and get her any medical or emotional support she needs."

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