Newborn baby boy found dead in wood as police launch hunt for mum

A newborn baby has been found dead in woodland sparking a major hunt for his mum.

Police were called to the woods in Hythe, near Southampton this afternoon, they announced tonight.

Officers found a recently born baby boy that had died and launched an investigation.

The death is being treated as unexplained, and officers were tonight carrying out house-to-house enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Ross Toms made a direct appeal to the baby’s mum to come forward or seek help.

He said: “I have no doubt this will have been a very distressing experience for the mother of this baby.

“Our priority right now is to ensure she receives the care and assistance she requires.

“I want to make a direct appeal to her.

“You may be very frightened right now and it is vitally important that you make contact with us or someone else.

“You may not want to contact the police and I understand that.

“If that is the case, I want to urge you to seek assistance from a healthcare professional or to attend a hospital as soon as possible.

“Our priority is ensuring you receive the right support.

“If anyone has any information that may assist our investigation, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“Have you seen anything out of the ordinary or that concerned you in the Shore Road area?

“Maybe you have concerns about someone who has been recently heavily pregnant, that you believe may have been recently heavily pregnant or who has recently given birth?

“I would also like to hear from anyone that has CCTV or dashcam footage from Shore Road or Frost Lane and the surrounding area.

“However insignificant it may seem to you, I would urge you to call us and let us know.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting either Operation Verse or the reference 44200084127.

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

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