It’s the late night visitor a Griffith couple never expected – a baby boy abandoned and left at their front door in the middle of the night, prompting NSW police to begin a search for his mother.
Police say residents found the baby in a pink cloth bassinet outside their front door on Braeburn St, Griffith after answering the doorbell on Sunday at 11.40pm.
The healthy baby was born on Friday morning, February 19, according to a note attached to the child, but not at Griffith Base Hospital.
Police believe the mother is a teenager and are concerned for her health, appealing for her to come forward.
Police Superintendent Michael Rowan says the baby had been admitted to Griffith Base Hospital and is now in the care of Family and Community Services workers.
He says it’s sad the baby has been left in such circumstances and has asked the public for help to find the baby’s mother.
“You know we have some concerns for the mum and really the primary concern at this time and finding her and just making sure she’s OK. Somebody must know who mum is,” Superintendent Rowan tells ABC News.
“It would be very rare that someone was able to have a child on their own… so whether there’s been some level of assistance or something with mum to have the child.
“Quite clearly there must be some sort of circumstances that we don’t know about that has meant that mum has had to make the decision to leave the child with these people.”
The discovery prompted Yvonne Wilson, chief executive of local support service Linking Communities Network in Griffith, to urge people to show compassion to the young mum.
“She probably felt she had no alternative,” Ms Wilson says. “I can only feel for that mother who felt it necessary to do that.
“It (the baby) wasn’t just abandoned to its own devices and I think that’s what we have to remember.”
Superintendent Rowan says police are confident the baby was not born at one of the local hospitals.
“That’s not to say he wasn’t born at another hospital, somewhere else,” he says.
Anyone with information about the baby or his mother is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Last week the NSW Coroner recommended the introduction of “safe haven” laws and public hospitals install baby hatches where desperate mums can leave their newborns.
(via ABC News)