A PLEA to the mother of a dead baby has been issued one year after a tragic discovery.
The body of the newborn baby girl was discovered at a waste management depot in West Yorkshire a year ago.
The Shipley site received 97 loads of waste the day before, 51 from Bradford and the rest from elsewhere, including possible waste from Kirklees and Calderdale.
The funeral of the baby girl is still to take place and West Yorkshire Police has re-issued an appeal for information.
The infant was only two or three days old when she was found by staff at the Associated Waste Management Depot.
Detectives remain determined to find the mother and her family, and to establish the circumstances of the baby’s death.
Painstaking scientific work has provided officers with a DNA profile of the child though a matching profile of the mother is not on record.
It was believed the baby was not delivered in a hospital and a post-mortem examination has failed to ascertain a cause of death.
Detective Superintendent Sukhbir Singh of the Homicide and Major Inquiry Team, who is leading the investigation, said: “This has been a painstaking and emotive inquiry for us as detectives over the past 12 months and I want to thank all those who have contacted us with information.
“Enquiries very much remain ongoing and I would again urge the child’s mother and family to come forward and help us identify her baby girl as she is laid to rest.
“We still believe the mother of this baby is from the West Yorkshire area and it is possible she may well be in need of help herself following such a traumatic event.
“I am aware that many people including staff at the waste management depot have taken an interest in supporting the funeral of the baby.
“I thank them for their community spirit in wanting to make sure that this young baby girl who had such a short life is laid to rest with dignity and remembered as she deserves to be.”
Anyone with information should contact DS Ian Lawrie at the Homicide and Major Inquiry Team on 01924 334676.
The team can also be contacted directly via email at email@example.com or via Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.