Poster campaign over baby abandoned in Worcester

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Police trying to trace the mother of an abandoned baby have started a poster campaign appealing to people to help find her.

The child, who has been named Joseph, was found wrapped in an orange hessian bag on the doorstep of a childminder in Lower Wick, Worcester, on 18 July.

He is being looked after by foster parents.

Posters will be delivered to all homes in Lower Wick and St John's on Friday and were being put up across Worcester.

They include images and details of a number of items Joseph was found with, including a long-sleeved vest and baby blanket.

The boy was thought to be about 24 hours old when he was found at about 04:30 BST after a doorbell was rung.

Joseph was cared for at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital before being passed into the care of social services.

Det Insp Neil Austin, from West Mercia Police, who is leading the search, said: "As there is a good chance Joseph was left at the home of a childminder deliberately, we think the mother probably had local knowledge.

"The mother may have concealed the pregnancy, so please think whether you know any women or girls who have been behaving unusually recently, perhaps becoming withdrawn."

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