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.

Share your comments below

  • What a traumatic thing to go through. I hope the baby didn’t suffer. I have heard of young mums, or even ones with strict family, accidentally getting pregnant and hiding it for fear of being disowned. Nightmare situations, very sad.


  • Such a tragic story. I feel so sorry for all concerned.


  • It’s such a tough world out there


  • such a tragic story, makes me appreciated my beautiful children even more


  • This is heartbreaking.

    • These stories are so sad and heartbreaking. :(


  • A terrible story and discovery.


  • So hard to understand this, hope the mother is ok. What a find for the homeowners, not the way to start your day.


  • Hope the mom is ok. Poor little bubba.


  • No words just sad


  • So tragic and unfortunate, baby didnt deserve it


  • Port little bubba, hopefully the mother comes forward


  • Such a tragedy.


  • The baby was lucky to be found quickly.

    • The baby was deceased when emergency services arrived. They don’t know how long the baby had been there. When they get the Coroner’s report they should know whether or not the baby was stillborn and/or was premature.
      It is the Mother we need to be concerned about now. She probably needs urgent medical attention.


  • I feel for everyone in this event, even the mum who disposed of her baby this way. She clearly had nobody she could turn to for help or support. Very tragic news indeed!


  • Poor little child. :-(


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