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ABANDONED BABY APPEAL

August 19, 2003 1:48 PM

POLICE are reiterating their appeal to the public for assistance in tracing the mother of a new born baby girl who was found abandoned at the entrance of the Southern General Hospital's maternity ward on Friday, August 15, 2003.

Emma was found wrapped in a towel and a plain white pillow slip within a large blue IKEA carrier bag at around 11pm.

Police have since been trying to trace the mother of baby Emma and have been appealing to her, or anyone who knows her, to contact Govan Police.

Detective Inspector Mhairi McConnell, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are urgently appealing to Emma's mother to come forward to receive the medical treatment she will need following giving birth.

"Emma is in the best possible hands and it's clear that her mother thought carefully about her daughter's needs by taking her to a hospital. 

"The priority for the police is still to trace the mother of Emma to ensure that she too is well.  It may be that a friend or relative of the mother has knowledge of the birth and may consider it disloyal to contact the police."

DI McConnell added: "I must stress that we will treat Emma's mother or anyone who knows of her whereabouts sensitively. We urge them to contact their local police immediately or call Govan Police on 0141 532 5400."

For futher information contact Doug Ross on 0141 201 1274.

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