GARDAÍ have appealed for the mother of a newborn baby whose body was found on a Dublin beach today to come forward.
The body was discovered by a member of the public at Bell’s Beach at Balbriggan, Co. Dublin shortly before 10am.
The scene is currently sealed off and a technical examination of the area is underway.
Gardaí are concerned for the wellbeing of the mother, who will require medical attention, and have made an impassioned plea her to come forward.
“I can assure you, you will be treated with the utmost of compassion and care and 100 per cent confidentiality,” Sergeant Fiona Savidge told a press conference this afternoon.
“I know you are a daughter, I know you are possibly a sister, a cousin. You may have a husband, a boyfriend, you may just have confided in a friend.
Sergeant Fiona Savidge (on right) and Eilidh MacNab, Tusla Area Manager North Dublin who were appealing to the mother of the baby as they are concerned for her wellbeing and ask her to please contact her doctor or any hospital or Balbriggan GS 01.6664500 or TULSA 0818 776315. pic.twitter.com/t8G47fGxMO
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“So to anybody out there that the mother of this baby has got in touch with, I am appealing to you to make contact with us.”
The baby was partially buried and gardaí have been unable to determine the baby’s gender.
The remains have been taken to Temple Street Hospital.
Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Fianna Fáil’s Seanad spokesperson on children and youth affairs, has also appealed for the mother to come forward.
She tweeted: “I’m distraught to learn of the discovery of the body of a baby on Balbriggan Beach today. I’d appeal for the mother to come forward for medical treatment. You’ll be treated with compassion.”
The mother has been urged to seek medical assistance, contact gardaí at Balbriggan on 01-6664500 or any garda station, or Tusla on 0818 776315.
I’m distraught to learn of the discovery of the body of a baby on Balbriggan Beach today. I’d appeal for the mother to come forward for medical treatment. You’ll be treated with compassion
— Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee (@LorrCliff) 15 December 2018