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UPDATE: Baby abandoned in Worcester
A BABY has been found abandoned in Worcester this morning, sparking an urgent plea for the mother to come forward.
A spokesperson at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed this morning they are working with officers at West Mercia Police to reunite the tot with its parents.
At 4.30am this morning police received a call from residents at an address in Columbia Drive in Lower Wick to say a baby boy had been left on their doorstep.
The doorbell was rung before he was abandoned.
They found the baby in a hessian bag, wrapped in a blanket and wearing a babygrow.
He is believed to be only 24 hours old.
The baby is now in the care of midwives at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and has been given the name Joseph by staff.
DCI Stacey Williamson, speaking for West Mercia Police, said police are urging the mother to come forward to seek treatment.
Patti Paine, head of midwifery at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said he weighed five and a half pounds but was otherwise healthy.
The boy's ethnicity is uncertain at this stage.
Patti Payne said it was not believed he was born at hospital and it may be that the mother had tried to conceal the pregnancy.
She added: "He is a lovely little boy.
"He is being very well looked after by the staff here and is doing very well."
She reiterated the police's plea for the mother to come forward.
The baby's mother is asked to call 01905 760663 which will be manned 24 hours by a midwife for the coming days.
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