Cops release CCTV in search for missing mum of baby found in £1 Matalan T-shirt in Birmingham park

POLICE have released CCTV footage of a woman they believe could help in their desperate search for a mum whose baby boy was found in a Birmingham park.

The hours-old tot was discovered wearing a £1 Matalan T-shirt at The Mounds in Kings Norton in the south-west of the city at around 5.30pm on Thursday.

West Midlands Police said the baby was full term, likely to have been born the same day and abandoned hours later.

They later released pictures of the Matalan clothes the infant was wearing when he was found – wrapped in a grey-and-white zig-zag patterned blanket.

He had an orange striped T-shirt with a picture of a dinosaur on the front below the words 'Dino Dude' and grey bottoms.

And cops are now desperately trying to find the boy's mum, saying they are "very concerned" for her welfare.

They released footage this afternoon of a woman walking along Shannon Road just before 5.10pm on the day the baby was found.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the force said: "The baby boy was possibly only hours old when he was found, clothed and wrapped in a blanket, by a dog walker.

"He is being cared for at hospital where he is thought to be full-term, healthy and doing well.

"Sadly we've still not been able to find the mother of this little boy.

"We're very concerned for her and want to check she is doing OK, both physically and mentally.

"This is our only concern right now, giving birth is a big thing and we're concerned she will need medical help.

"This must be a very difficult time for her so we're keen to talk to her as soon as possible."

It added: "We're appealing directly to the mother of the boy or anyone who knows who she is to please get in touch.

"If anyone recognises the woman in the CCTV, please get in touch, she may hold vital information."

The frantic search comes after a hero husky found the newborn under a park bush and "gently nudged him awake," his owner said on Friday.

Terry Walsh, 64, heard the baby crying after husky Hel ran over, lay beside the bundle and began "gently nudging" the baby with her nose.

Mr Walsh told Birmingham Live: "As we walked through to the top of The Mounds, looking down towards Shannon Road, there was a lot of glass that had been smashed.

"To my left there was a rolled up blanket just under the bushes. I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn't go over the glass, and she went off to the blanket, lying next to it and started nudging it with her nose very gently.

"Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel's gentle nudging and the heat from my Husky's body that woke the baby up.

"A bigger dog or another dog with a different temperament might well have just ripped and tugged at the blanket and the baby could have been treated like a ragdoll and then you've also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there. How would they treat a baby?"

People can contact West Midlands Police via their website or by calling 101 and quoting log 3476 of April 22.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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