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    Baby’s mum search goes offshore






    A woman who dumped her baby boy in a Gold Coast toilet cubicle may have fled to the United Kingdom or Ireland, police believe.





    The two to four-week-old baby was found by a member of the public in a cubicle in the Chevron Renaissance building at Surfers Paradise at 7.45am (AEST) on Monday.


    A police spokeswoman said the Australian Federal Police, Interpol and the Department of Immigration had joined the search for the woman, who is believed to be Irish.


    She said they were concentrating resources on searching in Ireland, although it was possible she was in the United Kingdom.


    The search went overseas after information from a member of the public who recognised the woman, believed to be called Amy, from security footage.


    The baby was found in good health lying inside a black shopping bag, which also contained towels and baby items.


    He is now in the care of the Department of Child Safety.


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    <H1 =storyline>Bag bub dumped with care items </H1>

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    HE'S healthy and perfect in every respect - all the unnamed baby needs now is his mother.


    Police are appealing to the public to help them locate the mother of a small baby boy who was left in public toilets at Chevron Renaissance in Surfers Paradise on Monday morning.


    Acting Detective Inspector Mark White said the boy - aged between two and four weeks - was found on the floor of the female toilets, near the Infinity tourist attraction, before 8am by a member of the public.


    He was near a cubicle and wrapped in towels inside a black Cotton On enviro-bag.


    Det Insp White said it was believed the child had been left on his own for only about 15 to 20 minutes before he was found by the woman who immediately contacted police.


    He said the baby appeared to have been well looked after and was wearing a clean nappy.


    His mother even left items essential to his care, such as baby lotion, in the bag with him.


    Police have released security footage of a young, barefoot brunette woman leaving through the centre's car park on Monday morning and Insp White said police were hoping she might be able to solve the mystery.


    Insp White said police were concerned about the welfare of the mother, and are asking her or anyone who may know her identity to come forward.


    "The fact the baby is very young could mean the mother is also in need of further medical assistance, may be struggling emotionally and in need of help," he said.


    "The baby has been cared for and was left with essential items and in a place where he was likely to be found quickly - and, more than likely, by a woman.


    "Police have viewed the surveillance footage and have identified a female who we believe may be able to assist us in our inquiries.


    "Given the age of the baby, we would like to ensure the mother of the child is safe and well."


    Police and the Department of Child Safety conducted an extensive search on Monday but were unable to locate the mother.


    "We're appealing to the public and anyone who has information or knows the person that's shown on the footage to contact Crime Stoppers so that we can ensure she is safe and well," said Insp White.


    He conceded that with the transient nature of the Gold Coast's population it was highly possible the mother was not local, making the public's input even more crucial.


    Anyone who has information about the baby or its mother should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


    There is speculation the woman may be suffering from postnatal depression. The condition emerges in the first year after childbirth, usually with persistent anxiety, deep sadness, lethargy and feelings of worthlessness.


    Britney Spears, Brooke Shields, Elle Macpherson and Diana, Princess of Wales, have all been linked to the syndrome.


    Sufferers - about 15 per cent of all new mothers - find themselves significantly stressed.


    Researchers are investigating the role of genetics but believe environmental problems, particularly lack of support, financial strain and substance abuse, are probably the strongest triggers.


    The most severe form of the condition is called postpartum psychosis. This serious mental illness is much more rare, affecting one in 600 new mothers.


    Symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, obsessive behaviour and rapid mood swings.</DIV>

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      A woman who left her baby in a Gold Coast toilet cubicle is believed to have fled to the United Kingdom.


      The two to four-week old boy was found in the Chevron Renaissance building at Surfers Paradise just before 8 am on Monday.


      Queensland police have been joined by federal police, Interpol and the Department of Immigration in the search for the woman, who's believed to be Irish.


      The search went overseas after someone recognised security footage of the woman, believed to be called Amy.


      The baby was found in good health lying inside a black shopping bag, which also contained towels and baby items.

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        Was listening to RTE appears she may be Irish. Not impressed with the reporting. They interviewed a jurno from surfers paradise who said "officials have been in contact with the Irish police who will be visiting an addressthis morning (Wednesday). It had beenkept quite in Australia until Tuesday becauseof police concern for the mother and what she might do" and here is RTE happily putting thisout over the air waves[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]
        Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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          #5
          Originally posted by McCloud


          Was listening to RTE appears she may be Irish. Not impressed with the reporting. They interviewed a jurno from surfers paradise who said "officials have been in contact with the Irish police who will be visiting an addressthis morning (Wednesday). It had beenkept quite in Australia until Tuesday becauseof police concern for the mother and what she might do" and here is RTE happily putting thisout over the air waves[img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]


          Well at least it sounds like they have an address in Ireland to check. Hopefully all will work successfully.

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            #6
            I find this story very sad.

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              #7


              Originally posted by Dermot G
              I find this story very sad.

              Stating the obvious there.

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                #8
                Afterhaving visitedSurfers Paradise, I cannot understand why anyone would want to leave there and especially flee to the UK or Ireland...

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                  #9


                  Woman has been traced by Gardaí and is with her family. RTE News.

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                    #10

                    Originally posted by Hoof Hearted

                    Woman has been traced by Gardaí and is with her family. RTE News.
                    but not her child

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