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CCTV released to trace newborn's mother

Baby Charlie
Image caption The woman's 5lb 1oz (2.3kg) boy has since been called Charlie by nurses

Police trying to trace a mother who abandoned her baby boy in hospital just hours after giving birth have released CCTV images of her.

The woman was last seen walking towards a car park at Newham General Hospital, in east London, last Wednesday.

She had given her name as Katalena Sctarra and said she was 25 years old and from Birmingham.

Her 5lb 1oz (2.3kg) boy has since been called Charlie by nurses.

The woman went into labour outside a shop in East Ham on Wednesday evening, prompting a passer-by to call an ambulance.

'Heartbreaking case'

She was taken to hospital and gave birth just minutes after arriving.

Image caption The woman is described as Eastern European, of slim build with blue or green eyes

But just before midnight she went outside the hospital to have a cigarette and disappeared.

CCTV images show her leaving, walking along the hospital corridor from the delivery suite to the exit.

The baby's mother is described as Eastern European, of slim build with blue or green eyes, shoulder-length blonde hair, and about 5ft 4ins.

The woman was wearing a multi-striped hooded jumper and a grey bomber jacket with a pink zip.

She spoke broken English with an Eastern European accent.

Det Sgt Gerard Healy appealed directly to the woman, saying: "We are concerned for your welfare and I would urge you to make contact with us. It is really important that we know you are safe.

"Your baby is safe and doing really well but we need to talk to you.

"Please don't think you are in trouble or about to be arrested - we just want to know you are OK."

He added: "This is a heartbreaking case and we hope that Charlie's mother comes forward to be reunited with her baby boy."

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