Police are desperately seeking the mother of a newborn baby whose body was found in a Newcastle backyard on Tuesday morning.
Emergency services were called to Stockton’s Church Street about 7am.
Police have since closed the road and the area remained shutdown to drivers and pedestrians at 10am, with three NSW Ambulance units also called to the scene.
In a media statement, NSW Police said they held “grave concerns” for the welfare of the baby’s mother who may require urgent medical treatment.
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The newborn baby was found dumped inside a bloodied plastic bag.
The baby, possibly born prematurely, was discovered by homeowner Dan Petrovic when he went into his yard in Stockton, north of Newcastle, on Tuesday morning.
Mr Petrovic and police have no idea how the infant ended up in the Church Street yard, but investigators fear the mother may have ‘panicked and thrown the bag over a fence’.
Police are still desperately searching for the mother, and probing medical centres and hospitals for clues, while a post mortem is carried out on the baby’s body.
Those living in the quiet beachside area say they heard nothing and are all shocked at the horrific incident that has occurred in their neighbourhood.
Mr Petrovic yard remains a crime scene while police continue investigations.
Anyone with information about the unidentified baby or the mother is urged to contact Newcastle detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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