Gardaí name baby girl found dead on Dublin beach as they step up appeal for mother to come forward
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Gardaí name baby girl found dead on Dublin beach as they step up appeal for mother to come forward

THE baby girl found dead on a Dublin beach at the weekend has been named 'Belle' by Gardaí, as officers continue to appeal for the mother to come forward.

The tragic infant was discovered on Bells Beach near Balbriggan, north Dublin shortly after 10am on Saturday by a woman who was cleaning the area.

Gardaí said the newborn's body had been on the beach for "a day or so" but foul play has been ruled out and the girl's mother will not face prosecution.

They believe the mother requires medical attention and have made an impassioned plea her to contact them.

"The girl or woman who gave birth is not in trouble, there is no criminal investigation," Garda Inspector Brian Downey told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.

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"The baby was full term, it was a baby girl, the baby had died sometime before delivery."

Officers are further appealing to anyone with information to contact them via the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

'Absolute confidence'

The National Maternity Hospital have also appealed for the mother to come forward.

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, said the situation was "heartbreaking" but offered her assurances that Belle’s mother would be dealt with in "absolute confidence".

She told the same programme: "Our primary motivation is care for her, so she need not be concerned in relation to Gardaí or being in trouble or being given out to.

"We will absolutely deal with her in confidence, even if she just wants to talk to us. Our primary concern is her physical health and mental health."

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In a statement on Sunday, Gardaí revealed the results of a post-mortem examination showed the child was a full-term baby girl who was stillborn and there was no foul play involved in her death.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 802 0510, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or the National Maternity Hospital on 01 637 3100.