Baby's body found in bag

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A NEW-BORN boy whose body was found dumped in a bin bag close to a children's theme park died of asphyxia, police said.

A full-scale murder inquiry was launched last night in a desperate hunt for the child's mother who police fear is almost certainly in need of urgent medical attention.

Police said a second person, possibly the husband or boyfriend of the woman, may have been involved in the death or the dumping of the baby close to Gulliver's World fun park in Warrington, Cheshire.

Although the baby's death is being treated as murder, Detective Chief Inspector John Hester, leading the inquiry, said he had not entirely ruled out the possibility that he was dealing with a tragic accident. He said part of the umbilical cord was still attached to the baby, leading them to believe that the mother gave birth without proper medical supervision.