Hythe baby death: 'Increasing concern' for mother

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Shore Road, Hythe
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Police remained at the scene on Shore Road in Hythe on Friday morning

Emergency services are growing "increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a mother whose baby boy was found dead in an area of woodland.

Health professionals said it was "vitally important" she sought medical assistance.

The baby's death is being treated as unexplained, police said.

Suzanne Cunningham, director of midwifery at University Hospital Southampton, said: "You may not want to call the police, but please speak to someone be that a healthcare professional, a GP or by attending hospital.

"This will undoubtedly have been a very distressing time for you and it is vitally important you seek medical assistance."

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The boy's body was discovered in woodland on Thursday afternoon

Ms Cunningham appealed for anyone who had concerns about someone who had recently been heavily pregnant to contact them.

Insp Helen Andrews said the baby was white and born "either full-term or close to full-term".

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