Pictures released in search for mother of baby found dead in UK

The towel and sheet the baby was found wrapped in
The towel and sheet the baby was found wrapped in

Police desperately trying to find the mother of a dead baby have released photographs of two distinctive items used to wrap the child.

More than three weeks have passed since the grim discovery of a lifeless newborn boy in Cardiff's River Taff on June 23.

South Wales Police have already carried out extensive door to door enquiries as well as trailed through hundreds of hours of CCTV footage.

Forensic tests as well as direct appeals to the child's mother have so far failed to give detectives the breakthrough they would have hoped for.

However, officers have now decided to release images of a golden brown bed sheet and a blue bath towel which the baby was wrapped in.

Detective Inspector Mark O'Shea said: "Both the bed sheet and the towel are from German-based companies. They have both told us they that these products are sold via the internet by mail order.

"We still have genuine concerns for the health and welfare of the mother of this baby and I urge her to contact her GP or local midwifery team for the appropriate confidential medical care she may need."

It is believed the child, who was just a few days old, was not born in a hospital - as it did not have a belly button clip on its umbilical stump.

And another theory officers are working on is that the baby had died before it entered the water - although forensic and pathological enquiries are continuing to try and identify an exact cause of death.

Inspector O'Shea added: "We continue to appeal for anyone with any information concerning this incident or anybody who may be able to assist in identifying the mother to contact us."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 1500224381or email: [email protected]