Police Launch Investigation After Dead Newborn Baby Found Floating in a Canal

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 21, 2021   |   12:02PM   |   London, England

Police in England are trying to find out what happened to a newborn baby boy whose body was found Thursday in a canal in Willenhall.

The Daily Mail reports someone walking by Bentley Wharf Bridge in Rough Wood Country Park, Willenhall, saw the baby’s body and called the police.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they identified the baby as a newborn male, according to the report. Police did not mention a possible cause of death, but they are investigating.

“This is a tragic investigation and our priority is to now find the baby boy’s mum to make sure she is ok,” said West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Wes Martin. “She may be in need of urgent medical attention and she is our absolute priority at the moment.”

Martin said police are speaking with local residents, and they urged anyone with information to contact them.

The case is one of several possible infant abandonment and/or infanticide incidents in England in recent weeks. Last week, another newborn baby was found dead in a canal in London, and, in April, another was found dead in a car park in Bilston, Wolverhampton, according to the report.

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Another newborn baby boy was found alive but abandoned in April at a park in Kings Norton, Birmingham; authorities said the baby is doing well at a local hospital, Yahoo News UK reports.

Many countries have laws and resources to protect babies from abandonment and infanticide. In America, all 50 states have safe haven laws that allow mothers to safely surrender their infant child at a police station or hospital without repercussions. Some European and Asian countries also have baby boxes where women can safely surrender their infant child if they cannot take care of the baby.