Gardai receive information in search for abandoned baby’s parents

The scene where the baby was found
The scene where the baby was found

It has been reported that gardai have received a number of calls from the public in response to an appeal for information about a baby found at the roadside in Rathcoole Co Dublin last Friday.

The incident room in Clondalkin Garda Station has received numerous calls which have been followed up, but detectives say the identity of the mother has yet to be ascertained.

However Gardai say that the parents of the baby have nothing to fear by coming forward.

They have been promised compassion and anonymity.

Our reporter Eamon Dillon at the scene where the child was found

Child Welfare consultant Kieran Mc Grath said yesterday: "Every effort will be made to look after (the mother) and the baby, and to reunite them if possible.

"That does require an initial assessment to see what the circumstances were that led up to this and also what support she may need in the long-term."

The Child and Family Agency, Tusla today obtained an interim care order for the baby girl who has now been named Maria.

The Family Court in Dublin yesterday heard the baby needs ongoing treatment in both the Coombe hospital and Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin.

A consultant neonatologist's report said he anticipated a good outcome but an interim care order was needed so that treatment could be given.

Baby Maria was wrapped in a blue towel inside a black plastic bag and a paper Marks and Spencer Bag when she was found on the Steelstown Road four days ago.

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Today Judge Brendan Toale said he was satisfied that Baby Maria was found by the roadside and there had been no contact by the parents.

He said the child had suffered some adverse effects by being left in the open and she required care and attention.

He said provision now had to be made for the child's medical needs and granted the interim care order for the next 28 days.

There will then be another hearing to extend the order, and he said if the parents become known in the meantime they are to be notified of the order, and they are entitled to apply for an order to vary that.

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Maria could be healthy enough to be discharged from hospital shortly, after which she is likely to be placed in short-term foster care.

Anyone with information regarding the mother and/or the newborn child or who may have been in the vicinity of Steelstown Road are urged to contact gardaí at Clondalkin on 01 6667600, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.