South East Wales

Inquiry into abandoned Cwmcarn baby ends

Police at the scene
Image caption The baby was found at the back of a shop in Cwmcarn, Caerphilly county

No further action will be taken against a woman arrested after a newborn baby who died was found abandoned behind a shop.

The baby was discovered in March wrapped in a towel inside a carrier bag then placed on a gatepost at Cwmcarn in Caerphilly county.

Gwent Police said a woman arrested on suspicion of concealment of a birth has been released with no further action.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it was "not in the public interest".

A spokesman said: "In reaching that decision, we had to consider the likely sentence that might be imposed by a court, the emotional and psychological issues involved and the effects on the local community."

Officers, who have thanked the community for its help during the investigation, named the boy Patrick because they believe he was born on St Patrick's Day, 17 March.

The baby was found at 1810 GMT on 18 March at least five hours after he was abandoned outside a Spar store.

A teenager made the discovery and called 999 but the infant was dead when he arrived at hospital.

Villagers left teddy bears and flowers on the shop's doorstep.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had advised Gwent Police that no criminal charges should be brought in relation to the case.

Stacey Turner, district crown prosecutor for CPS Gwent, said: "This has been a difficult and sensitive case and we should not forget the extremely tragic nature of what has occurred.

'Difficult time'

"The CPS is under a duty to review all cases referred to us by the police in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors, which is the guidance that CPS lawyers follow.

"We have taken time to consider all the information presented to us by Gwent Police, which included evidence from pathologists.

"Having carefully reviewed all the information available, the CPS has advised Gwent Police not to bring any charges in relation to this investigation.

"A number of people continue to be personally affected by what happened. Our thoughts remain with them and we hope they are able to find the support they need through this difficult time."

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