Gardaí have released photographs of baby ‘Maria’ in a bid to get her mother to come forward.
Investigators took the move some 12 days after the newborn was found inside a bag on the side of the road on the outskirts of Dublin City.
The baby, just a day or so old at the time, was wrapped inside blankets and a plastic black bin liner.
Senior gardaí said “fortunately” the baby was discovered on Steelstown Lane, Rathcoole, at about 3.30pm on Friday, May 8, by a couple. The child was heard “whimpering” in the bag.
Superintendent Brendan Connolly, leading the investigation, said the child was “very cold” and weather conditions at the time had been “very poor”, raining heavily.
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, secured an interim care order for the child, allowing for medical treatment.
Gardaí were hoping to release a photograph of the baby during a previous appeal last Friday, but were awaiting legal clearance.
Yesterday afternoon, the green light was given to publish the photograph.
“We are releasing this photograph so mum can see her little baby girl and we would ask mum to please contact us,” said Sergeant Maeve O’Sullivan of the Child Protection Unit, Clondalkin Garda Station.
Gardaí said that, 12 days on, they wished to thank the public for their assistance. They said they had received a number of calls from the public. A Garda spokesman said all of the calls had been followed through on, but “unfortunately the mother has not yet contacted gardaí or Tusla”.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clondalkin station on 01 6667600 or Tusla on 01 6206387. The spokesman said they were looking for people who were on Steelstown Lane between 10am and 3pm on Friday, May 8, to contact them.
Gardaí are awaiting results of forensic tests on the blankets and bag.
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