Baby’s body found in recycling centre believed to have come from household bin

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Detectives have revealed that a newborn baby who was found dead at a recycling centre had “likely” been collected from a household bin.

The infant, named Gabriel by medical staff, was found on November 29 at the site on Ely Road in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

Police said enquiries with recycling centre staff suggest it is “likely” the baby came from recycling collected from household bins in Cambridgeshire.

A post-mortem examination carried out on December 5 returned inconclusive results about how Gabriel died, reports Lancs Live.

More medical tests are due to be carried out on the baby, and the police are keeping an “open mind” about the circumstances surrounding his death, they say.

Healthcare staff are concerned about the baby’s mother who is yet to be located.

Earlier this month, Chief Nursing Officer at NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Carol Anderson said the baby’s mother should not be frightened to come forward.

She said: “We want to put out a direct call to her to come forward for the medical help and support she needs.

“All NHS doors are open and our team is ready to help, so please don’t be frightened to come forward.

“She can seek help by visiting her local GP, midwifery team or A&E department, or by calling NHS 111 in the first instance if she would prefer.”

Police are also searching for the baby’s mother.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Massey said: “We are still investigating this tragic incident and trying to locate the baby’s mother to offer her all the support she needs.

“It is important to note that we have now obtained the baby boy’s DNA, so we can compare this to any name that is put forward for a parent.

“We are particularly touched by the gesture of medical staff naming him Gabriel, given the start of advent, while we work together to try to identify him and his family.

“We are still keeping an open mind as to what has happened and are exploring every potential avenue, but if anyone has any information we would strongly urge them to contact us or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police online via the Major Incident Public Portal by clicking here.

If anyone has immediate concerns for someone’s safety call 999.