The mother of a deceased foetus has been found safe and well after a dog walker discovered her baby yesterday. 

The foetus was found on Canford Heath near Poole, Dorset, at 3.50pm yesterday. A police helicopter could be seen above the heathland and police cars and forensic vans were at the cordoned-off scene for several hours. 

Before finding her today, officers were concerned about her welfare and wanted to ensure she received ‘appropriate’ care.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: ‘The mother of a foetus found in Poole has been identified following a public appeal and is safe and well.

‘An investigation was carried out by Dorset Police and NHS Dorset and a cordon was in place while inquiries were conducted in the area. The priority of everyone involved was to locate the mother and ensure she received the appropriate care.

Police and sniffer dogs at the scene after a human foetus was found in heathland

Police and sniffer dogs at the scene after a human foetus was found in heathland

Police and sniffer dogs at the scene after a human foetus was found in heathland

Police remained at the scene today on Canford Heath near Poole, Dorset

Police remained at the scene today on Canford Heath near Poole, Dorset

Police remained at the scene today on Canford Heath near Poole, Dorset

A bouquet of tulips was placed at the scene earlier this morning by a walker

A bouquet of tulips was placed at the scene earlier this morning by a walker

A bouquet of tulips was placed at the scene earlier this morning by a walker

‘Following the appeal, the mother has been identified and officers have ensured she is receiving all the support she needs. This is not being treated as a criminal matter and our thoughts are with the mother at this extremely difficult time.

‘We would like to thank the public who provided information in response to our appeal, as well as the local community for their support while there was an increased emergency services presence in the area.

‘There will be no further information released and we would ask the public not to speculate on the circumstances.’

Dog walker Anabela Teixeira, 51, a healthcare assistant who was in Canford Heath just before the discovery, said she believed another dog walker found the foetus.

She said she saw someone in a black hoodie leave the area minutes earlier, although she could not tell if it was a man or woman.

‘I was walking with my dog and it was all quiet and I came across a person in a black hoodie, I could not tell it was a man or women,’ she said. 

‘Then minutes later I think the foetus was found by a dog walker as it was an area away from the path.

‘The police, ambulance and forensics arrived. It is very sad.’

The foetus was discovered near Culliford Crescent at 3.50pm yesterday

The foetus was discovered near Culliford Crescent at 3.50pm yesterday

The foetus was discovered near Culliford Crescent at 3.50pm yesterday

A general view of the heath near Culliford Crescent. Police are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch

A general view of the heath near Culliford Crescent. Police are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch

A general view of the heath near Culliford Crescent. Police are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch

Police described the incident as a 'very sad discovery' and say their priority now is to locate the mother

Police described the incident as a 'very sad discovery' and say their priority now is to locate the mother

Police described the incident as a ‘very sad discovery’ and say their priority now is to locate the mother

At the time of the discovery, Chief Inspector Gavin House, of Dorset Police, said: ‘This is a very sad discovery and our absolute priority now is to locate the mother of the child to ensure she receives the appropriate care.

‘I would also ask anyone who witnessed anything in the area of Canford Heath on Thursday, March 2, or from anyone with any information to help us find and support the mother.’

Dr Paul Johnson, Chief Medical Officer with NHS Dorset, had said at the time: ‘I am appealing directly to her to please contact medical services or the police as soon as possible so that we can ensure she is safe.

‘I would also appeal to anyone who may have concerns about a family member, loved one, or friend to make contact.’

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

People who eat at least six portions of fruit and vegetables a day are less stressed

Feeling stressed? Grab a salad! People who eat at least six portions…

SARS-CoV-2 mutations may evade T cell immunity

A potentially disturbing new study published in December 2020 on the bioRxiv*…

Lifting lockdown is ‘gamble’ and return of restrictions this winter ‘cannot be ruled out’, warn experts

LIFTING the remaining Covid restrictions on July 19 is a “gamble” and…

Dialysis patients are 4 times more likely to die from COVID-19

People undergoing long-term dialysis are almost 4 times more likely to die…