Abandoned baby's mum comes forward
A woman believed to be the mother of an 18-month-old girl who was abandoned on a western Sydney doorstep has come forward, police say.
Dressed in a black and white top, grey shorts and wrapped snuggly in a light green blanket, the child named Mai showed signs of being well cared for when an Auburn resident found her on his doorstep on Monday night.
The woman, thought to be the mother, came forward to a police station in the Flemington area this afternoon and is currently being interviewed.
Family and Community Services Minister, Pru Goward, had repeatedly called for the parents to collect their "very distressed" child, who has been dubbed 'Mai" by carers.
"Mum and dad, this little girl needs you, she is very upset she is very well cared for as you will see from the photographs," Goward said at a press conference outside Auburn police station on Tuesday.
"At 18 months a child knows who they are with, who they belong to and when things are wrong or they have changed.
"It must be very frightening to be wrapped in a blanket and left on someone's doorstep in the dark," she said.
"She is very distressed."
The man who found the girl, who requested that he not be named, told police he heard a car speed off.
"I couldn't imagine that someone would do something like this to a child. If you have a problem, there are places you can call and they can help you, rather than just abandoning a child," he said.
"It was random and out of the blue, and I didn't think this could happen in Australia."
Auburn police superintendent Phil Rogerson said a bag, a bottle and baby formula were found with the toddler. They have been sent for forensic testing.
"We have no idea who took the baby to the front door," Superintendent Rogerson said.
"We don't know the intention or why whoever took the baby selected that house," he said.
Goward said children were usually abandoned at much younger ages.
"It is more unusual for children to be abandoned at this age but a child aged three was found a couple of years ago," she said.
The little girl is being cared for by experienced foster carers.
Superintendent Rogerson said police were baffled as to why she was abandoned, given that she appeared very well-cared for.
"The clothing is very neat and clean."
"Mai" was dressed in a black-and-white long-sleeved top and a white sleeveless jumper. She was also wearing a pair of grey shorts with grey and black striped socks.
Sydney Morning Herald