Detectives working with NCA to find next of kin of baby found at Wirral golf course

Detectives investigating the discovery of the body of a baby boy in Wirral six months ago are working with the National Crime Agency to examine DNA databases in a bid to locate his next of kin.

The full-term baby boy was found at 4.25pm on Friday 29 January in a wooded area at the side of a footpath close to the 16th green of Brackenwood golf course in Bracken Lane in Bebington. A post-mortem to establish the cause of death proved inconclusive.

A number of lines of enquiry have been examined, including suggestions about the identity of the baby’s mother, but all have been ruled out and enquiries have remained ongoing.

Sadly, despite forensic examinations, it was not possible to establish how long the baby’s body had been at the golf course.

The baby was buried following a private funeral service at Landican cemetery in Wirral in May which was attended by representatives from Merseyside Police, Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group and Children’s Services.

Detective Chief Inspector Judith Blease said, “It is now six months since the baby boy was found and we are all desperately sad that we have been unable to trace his family.

“Over these past six months we have continued to carry out a number of lines of enquiry. We are now working with the NCA to look at DNA databases to establish if that will help us to solve the final piece of the puzzle.

“I want to reiterate that we are not looking to attribute blame to anybody, we are simply trying to establish what has taken place and work with our partners in the health and social care sectors to offer support to the baby’s family.

“I am sure that there are people out there who know something but feel too scared or worried to come forward. I want them to feel reassured that the matter will be dealt with sensitively and all necessary help and support made available to those that need it.”

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, via 101, quoting reference 21000062583 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org

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