Home   News   Article

Suffolk Police renew appeal for information on baby's body found at Needham Market recycling centre




Detectives investigating the death of a newborn baby girl whose body was discovered at a recycling centre in Needham Market have said the key to solving the mystery 'lies with the public'.

Chief Superintendent Tonya Antonis, from Suffolk Police, today said she remained hopeful that witnesses would come forward to help officers find out what happened to the baby, whose body was discovered by staff working at Sackers recycling centre on May 14.

Police believe her body was placed into a commercial bin at one of 52 locations before being transported to the centre, in Ipswich Road, on May 14.

Chief Superintendent Tonya Antonis has renewed an appeal for information four weeks after a baby girl was found dead. (36476052)
Chief Superintendent Tonya Antonis has renewed an appeal for information four weeks after a baby girl was found dead. (36476052)

"I am sure that someone somewhere must have seen something," said Chief Supt Antonis. "No matter how insignificant a detail you think it is, it could be the missing piece of the jigsaw that helps us put it all together.

"We appreciate that it would be difficult for the baby's mother or her friends and family to come forward but we cannot help her until they do.

"We are trying to identify this little baby girl and get to the bottom of how she came to be in that bin."

Sackers recycling centre, in Ipswich Road, Needham Market. Picture by Mark Westley. (36476069)
Sackers recycling centre, in Ipswich Road, Needham Market. Picture by Mark Westley. (36476069)

Four weeks on, officers have been unable to trace the baby's mother despite carrying out searches at the centre, during which a number of items were taken for review and analysis, andeach of the collection points. They have also visited more than 800 residential and commercial properties.

"I cannot imagine how this mum must be feeling both physically and mentally but I am sure she will be scared and anxious," said Chief Supt Antonis.

"I want her to know that there is support here for her and we want her to come forward to get the help she needs."

Police believe the baby was placed into a bin in one of 52 waste pick-up points. (36476312)
Police believe the baby was placed into a bin in one of 52 waste pick-up points. (36476312)

Posters are being distributed around the 52 waste pick-up locations and police are currently reviewing CCTV footage from these areas.

A post-mortem carried out on May 19 was inconclusive pending further investigation. The result of this is expected to take weeks.

Chief Supt Antonis said funeral arrangements will then be made by police, social services and coroners.

"It is so tragic for everyone involved and as police, we would just love to get the bottom of what has happened and do right by the child and the mum," she said.

"I can't imagine what it was like for the staff at Sackers to have found the body and we are very grateful to everyone at the centre for their cooperation and help.

"There are no winners in this. We have a dead newborn baby girl and an unknown mother who is out there suffering on her own. There are no winners."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 37/26499/20.


More by this author


This website and its associated newspaper are members of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO)



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More