Police are appealing for information after a newborn baby was left at a hospital in Jersey in the early hours of Sunday morning. The baby boy was discovered in the waiting area of the Emergency Department at the Jersey General Hospital at 5:40am, and has been checked over by doctors and found fit and well. He was understood to have been discovered with the umbilical cord still attached, so police are deeply concerned for the wellbeing of the mother and making sure she is safe and healthy. CCTV footage has captured two women, with the presumption that one is the mother, walking towards the hospital through Parade Gardens on the Channel Island. One of the women is pictured carrying the baby, entering the A&E department, and then leaving empty-handed.
Superintendant James Wileman has speculated that the baby’s mother may have been one of the two people who left him in the emergency department, but this has not been officially confirmed. "I want to appeal directly to the mother so that we can offer her medical and emotional support. We know to do this she must have been desperate and by leaving the baby at the hospital we know she wanted him to be looked after and to know he was safe so our paramount concern now is for the mother’s safety and welfare." Midwife Jan Auffret, who is currently looking after the baby in the hospital, said: "We are concerned about the health of the mother of the baby boy and are appealing for her to come forward. We would like to reassure mum that the baby boy is currently being cared for and looked after and is doing well." Anyone with any information is asked to contact 612200, via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.