NSW Police confirm sex of baby after mum, child goes missing amid river bank discovery

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According to New South Wales Police, an umbilical cord recently found on the bank of a river in Sydney belonged to a little boy.

Authorities continue to have serious concerns about the baby’s welfare and are continuing to search for him and his mother after a dog owner found an umbilical cord and placenta at Cooks River in Earlwood at around 4.30pm on Monday.

Forensic tests have confirmed the baby is a boy and detectives from Strike Force Wagonia continue to investigate the incident.

Police have yet to confirm whether the birth took place on the river bank or somewhere else.

Authorities released the update on Thursday and reiterated their plea for the mother to go to the nearest hospital to receive urgently needed medical attention for herself and her son. New South Wales Health Minister Ryan Park also strongly supported this call.

“My sincere condolences go out to this mother and her little baby,” he said on Tuesday.

“If she’s listening, or if her friends and family, who are undoubtedly in trouble or listening, I want to make this very clear to her: you are not in trouble.

“You don’t need to talk to the police. I’m just asking you to go to one of our hospitals so we can take care of you and your baby as quickly as possible.”

Shortly after the discovery, Detective Chief Superintendent Christine McDonald said she hoped there was CCTV footage of the woman or a pregnant woman in distress in one of the nearby homes or businesses in Earlwood.

She said the birth of a child can be a “traumatic time” for many people, acknowledging that it can be a very stressful time.

“I am deeply concerned for the mother’s safety and mental health,” said Superintendent McDonald.

“I need to know she is safe and I need to know she is getting the support she needs right now.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage is asked to contact Burwood Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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