Posted: Thu 20th Oct 2016

Renewed Appeal: Birth Of Baby Girl At Parc Seymour Estate, October 2015

This article is old - Published: Thursday, Oct 20th, 2016

It’s now been a year since the discovery of the open air birth site near the woods behind the Parc Seymour estate in the Penhow area of Newport. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Despite intensive enquiries with medical professionals and establishments, scientists, schools, social services, local residents and the local and national media, we have not received any information about the identity or whereabouts of the mother or the baby girl. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

We believe the mother gave birth sometime between Sunday 18th October 2015 and Monday 19th October 2015. Evidence of the birth was discovered by a dog walker on the morning of Monday 19th October. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There is some additional information about the possible age of the baby girl which was not known to the investigation until more recently. A more detailed and expert examination of the placenta or ‘afterbirth’ which was left at the site has concluded that the baby may have been born at a later stage in her gestation than originally estimated and that the mother was between 27 and 35 weeks pregnant. This suggests that the baby could have been born alive and survived without any medical care or intervention. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Ruth Price said: “There may have been a very good reason for the baby being born under these circumstances and for the identities of the mother, baby and even the father to remain confidential but if those reasons were in any way connected to the mother being the victim of a crime or being under pressure or duress to conceal the birth, she and the baby may still need protection as may other girls or women in a similar situation. Help and support is still available if she or anyone who knows her, comes forward. This is a mystery which we would really like to solve.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call 101 quoting log 126 19/10/16. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It is not believed that this incident is connected in any way to the discovery of a baby at Imperial Park in Newport in January 2016. An investigation is still on-going into the circumstances surrounding that incident. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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