Oxford baby's body had umbilical cord attached

Forensic officer at the scene
Image caption The body was found in a black bag in bushes in Marston

The body of a baby found on a footpath in Oxford still had its umbilical cord attached, police have said.

Thames Valley Police has appealed for the mother to come forward, saying she may require urgent medical attention.

The baby was found in a black bag by a member of the public in bushes in Marston, Oxford, on Monday.

Supt Christian Bunt said: "I'd like to appeal to family, friends, and the local community. We desperately need to locate the mother of the baby."

He added she may have given birth recently, "perhaps within the last week, perhaps alone" and might be "very frightened".

'Tragic and upsetting'

The baby was discovered on Edgeway Road at 09:20 GMT. Test results on the body are expected on Thursday.

Supt Bunt called it a "tragic and upsetting situation" and urged the mother to come forward or visit a doctor as soon as possible.

"I must emphasize our absolute priority is locating the mother. We've got some real concerns around her health and wellbeing and she will urgently need to see a doctor," he said.

South Central Ambulance Service spokesman said the baby was declared dead at the scene.

Officers remain in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.

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