Gardai have appealed to the mother of a newborn baby girl whose body was found in a recycling centre to come forward amid concerns for her health.
Her infant’s remains were discovered by workers at the Greenstar recycling facility at Fassaroe on the outskirts of Bray, Co Wicklow at 11am yesterday.
It was not immediately clear whether the child’s body had been left in a household bin or a commercial container before being brought to the centre.
Staff are helping detectives try to establish which trucks deposited materials in the section where the grim discovery was made and trace the routes the vehicles covered before arriving at the centre.
The centre is also open to the public to dump directly but the vast bulk of materials deposited there come from Greenstar’s own bin collections across counties Wicklow and Dublin.
Last night Superintendent Pat Ward, who is leading the investigation said: "We don’t know what exactly happened leading up to the birth of the baby. However, it is possible that the baby was still born and if this is the case my priority now is to get all medical assistance and support to the baby’s mum.
"I am very concerned for the welfare of the mum of this baby as she is possibly in a distressed state and in need of medical assistance. I would please ask for the mum to seek immediate medical treatment. I am available here at Bray Garda Station to help the mum and dad of this baby girl and if they would contact me or Sergeant Sorcha Fitzpatrick here at Bray Garda Station we will deal with any contact with us discreetly and sensitively."
He also appealed for anyone who may have any information to contact Bray Garda Station on 01- 6665300 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111.
Yesterday evening, the body of the new born baby girl was removed to Loughlinstown Hospital where a postmortem will be conducted today.
The State Pathologist was called in to try to determine whether the baby was stillborn or died some time after birth. A provisional examination took place at the scene before the remains were removed for post mortem.
Gardai said it was not clear whether they were dealing with a personal tragedy or if their investigation would take a different course.
Greenstar management were keen to shield staff who were said to be shaken and upset by their discovery. "We are supporting the gardaí with their enquiries," a spokesperson said. "The company will not be making any statement regarding the incident."
Anyone with a crisis pregnancy can find out how to get confidential help and advice anywhere in the country through the HSE’s positiveoptions.ie website or by freetexting LIST to 50444.
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