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Hunt for mother of abandoned baby in Bedfordshire

A newborn baby has been found abandoned outside a house in Bedfordshire.

Police have appealed for the mother of the baby girl, believed to be between one and five days old, to come forward.

The baby, named Isabella Ward by hospital staff, was found in a blanket inside a plastic bag in Kipling Crescent, Stotfold, on Wednesday night.

The baby is well and is being cared for at the Lister Hospital. Police said the mother must have been under "great personal pressure" to abandon her.

The girl was found by the homeowner at about 2100 GMT as he was locking up for the night.

Police were immediately called and house-to-house inquiries and a search of the area were carried out through the night.

Social services are now responsible for her care until her mother can be traced, police said.

Det Insp Jerry Waite, from the public protection unit, said: "The baby is safe and well so our priority now is to find her mother.

"She must have been under great personal pressure in order to have felt she had no choice but to abandon her child.

"I would like to reassure her that our concern is for her well-being.

"She may need medical attention and will clearly be distressed so if she, or anyone who knows her, can tell us where she is please contact the police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bedfordshire Police.

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