11/06/2010 09:12 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Newborn Baby Abandoned At A Pub

Police are trying to find the mother of a newborn baby who was abandoned at a village pub in Derbyshire.

The baby boy was thought to be less than 24 hours old when he was found in a plastic bag on Wednesday night in the porch of the Hawk and Buckle pub in Main Street, Etwall.

He is said to be doing well at the Royal Derby Hospital, where nurses have named him Jack.

But police and nurses are worried about the baby's mother and are urgently appealing for her to come forward and get help.

The hospital's director of nursing and facilities, Em Wilkinson-Brice, told the Burton Mail: "He is a beautiful baby, a gorgeous little boy who is safe and well. He has been placed on antibiotics as a precautionary measure and will be under 24-hour observation to assess his condition.

"He is the centre of attention at the hospital, as you can imagine - he's not short of cuddles. We would like to appeal to the mother to seek help. It is vital she gets the support she will need.

"Giving birth is a traumatic experience in any event. This will be a very frightened lady and we're extremely concerned for her welfare."

The mum is being urged to contact the pregnancy assessment unit at the hospital on 01332 785796.

Senior matron Debbie Schofield, who is looking after the baby, told the Burton Mail: "I've worked here for 20 years and I've never known an instance like this.

"He is a beautiful baby, and we are desperate to trace the mum and make sure she too is receiving the care and attention she needs."

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said that any information could be provided in confidence.

"Police and hospital staff want to contact the baby's mother to ensure that she is safe and well," the spokesman told the newspaper.

Anyone with information is being asked to call police on 0345 123 3333.

Source: Burton Mail