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Baby found dead in Edinburgh was boy

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Image caption Police have maintained a high-profile presence in the area where the remains were found

Police investigating the discovery of the remains of a baby in Edinburgh have confirmed that the child was a boy.

Examinations carried out on the remains have found he was a young baby, who may have been up to six weeks old.

A man made the discovery while walking his dog near Seafield Cemetery and Crematorium on Seafield Road in Leith at about 17:00 on Sunday.

The police are concerned the mother may need medical attention. Police are trying to identify the remains.

Officers are continuing to search the area of Restalrig Path, close to Seafield Cemetery, where the baby boy's body was found.

Best interests

Det Ch Insp David McLaren, from Police Scotland, said: "Examinations on the remains have confirmed that the remains are those of a newborn baby boy, who may have been up to six weeks old.

"At this time our priority is to trace the mother of the child, who is likely to be in need of medical and emotional support.

"I want to reassure her we have her best interests at heart, and encourage her to make contact with us.

"Inquiries are ongoing at Restalrig Path, and the section of the path where the remains were discovered will remain closed as this activity continues.

"I would like to reiterate my appeal to members of the public to come forward with any information that can assist our inquiries.

"The area where the discovery was made is popular with dog walkers and cyclists, and I would urge anyone who has used Restalrig Path in the last month, who has noticed anything suspicious or unusual there, to get in touch with us."

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