Oxford footpath baby: Phone plea to missing mum

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

Police searching for the mother of a baby found dead on a footpath have issued a phone number for her to call.

The baby, still with its umbilical cord attached, was found in a black bag by a member of the public in Marston, Oxford, on Monday.

Thames Valley Police said there was concern over the mother's health and urged her to contact the force.

Officers said the number - 07470 911038 - was only for the mother to use to get in touch.

The baby was discovered in bushes on Edgeway Road. Tests on the body are being carried out.

Police said the mother may have given birth alone and might be "very frightened".

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