Mother who abandoned new born baby in park given suspended sentence

03/07/2014

A mother who left her new born baby girl in a carrier bag in a park has today been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to six months, suspended two years with two years supervision, after she had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing of child abandonment.

On 31 October 2013, Roger Wilday was walking his German Shepard, Jade, in Marlborough Community Park in Stechford, Birmingham when the dog stopped by some bushes. Mr Wilday went over to investigate why his dog was not moving from the bushes.

When he arrived to where the dog was standing he noticed a carrier bag on the floor and inside he found a new born baby in a blanket.

Mr Wilday immediately called the police and the baby was taken to the Heartlands Hospital Neonatal Department.

Following a police investigation, a 27-year-old woman was identified as the baby's mother. She later admitted in police interview that she had visited the park that morning and had given birth and then abandoned her baby there.

Lisa Newman, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said:

"The defendant gave birth to a baby in a public park, but rather than call for medical assistance after the birth or attend the nearby hospital, she abandoned the baby to the elements.

"We are thankful that Mr Wilday and his dog were in the right place at the right time to find the baby and call the emergency services. If the child had not been discovered when she was, it was highly likely that she would have died.

"Baby Jade has recovered from her ordeal and we continue to wish her all the very best as she grows up."