Newborn found dead in Hutt Valley
The body of a newborn baby girl has been discovered wrapped in a towel at the back of a property in the Hutt Valley.
A female resident of the Taita Drive home found the dead baby, believed to be no more than 24 hours old, at about 10.30am today, Hutt Valley tactical response manager inspector Shane Cotter said.
''Obviously the resident was shocked and distressed at what she had found. Our biggest concern at this time is the health and wellbeing of the mother of this baby girl and whether or not she has received any immediate medical attention post birth.''
A post-mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow morning, which would help determine whether she was alive at the time of her birth, Cotter said.
A scene examination at the address has been underway today.
''Our priority right now is on finding the mother of this wee girl and ensuring she does not have any medical complications as a result of the birth. I appeal to this woman to come forward and speak with us as soon as possible.''
Cotter said often in these cases, a mother has concealed a pregnancy from family and friends.
''We appeal to anyone who may know a woman in the Hutt Valley area who has been large and lost a significant amount of weight in the past couple of days. It's important this woman receives the medical attention she requires as soon as possible.''
Anyone with any information should contact Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- The Dominion Post