Cops appeal for mum to come forward as abandoned baby remains in stable condition

NewsBy Eamon Dillon
Eamon Dillon at the scene on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole
Eamon Dillon at the scene on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole

This is the lonely spot where a day-old baby girl was left wrapped in a bin-liner, sparking a desperate search for her mother.

Yesterday the only sign of the intensive effort to locate the mother was the vegetation pulled from the ditch during the Garda hunt for clues. 

Medics yesterday said she had been fed and nourished and was at least a day old when left on the rural back road on the Dublin-Kildare border.

The tiny girl is being cared for by staff at Tallaght Hospital, where her condition was described as “stable”.

Gardaí investigating the case made another appeal for help in tracking down the mother of the child.

 Garda preserve the scene on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole,where the baby girl was discovered by a member of the public

It emerged yesterday that a passing motorist discovered the child by chance after stopping to relieve himself in a gateway.

 “I know I saved this girl’s life, but all I want now is for the mother to come forward,” he said on Friday.

“I’m still in shock at what happened. But it is important the mother comes forward and gets whatever help she needs,” he added.

The Steelstown Road where the baby girl was found is just off the main N7 road, but it is a remote area not overlooked by any houses.

The area is free of security cameras, making the job for gardaí to trace the mother all the more difficult.

They fear the woman may be in a distressed state and made a number of appeals for her to come forward and that the situation would be dealt with sensitively.

“Gardaí are concerned for the welfare of the mother of this child and are appealing for her to seek immediate medical treatment,” said Superintendent Brendan Connolly of Clondalkin Garda station

He urged her to “contact gardaí, who are anxious to reunite her with her baby”.

Anyone with information regarding the mother and/or the newborn child or who may have been in the vicinity of Steelstown Road yesterday afternoon prior to 3.30pm are urged to contact gardaí at Clondalkin on 01 6667600, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.