Appeal over jeans and bags found with baby's body

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Detectives investigating the murder of a newborn baby girl released images today of the carrier bag she was found in and some clothes also discovered inside.

The baby's body was found by a cleaner emptying bins at the front of Fleet railway station in Hampshire just before 11.30am yesterday.

Initial investigations found that the white infant had only recently been born and had suffered significant injuries which were not caused during birth.

Her body had been wrapped up and hidden inside a Morrisons reusable carrier bag.

Among the contents were a pink KAOS carrier bag, a pink drawstring bag and a pair of size 12 Denim Co skinny fit jeans, which had been cut into shorts.

Detective Superintendent Jason Hogg, who is leading the inquiry, said: "There is a strong possibility that the jeans found in the bag belong to the baby's mother, and we hope that by releasing this image it may jog someone's memory as to who she is.

"What is significant about these jeans is that they are 'home-made' shorts, rather than shop-bought ones, so again someone may know a friend or family member that this could be.

"From our inquiries so far, we believe that the Morrisons carrier bag was used to carry the baby's body and other contents and we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen someone carrying a yellow bag near to Fleet train station, or saw someone putting it in the bin on Wednesday morning."

Mr Hogg went on: "The pink KAOS carrier bag is significant as there are only four of these stores in the South of England.

"Again, this carrier bag was found within the contents of the Morrisons bag, so it may help identify the person who left the baby at the station.

"The last image is of a pink drawstring bag, which is quite distinctive. If you recognise any of these items, please contact us."

He added: "As we've already said, our absolute priority remains trying to trace this baby's mother as a matter of urgency.

"I would appeal directly to her to please go to her nearest hospital or call 999 and ask for an ambulance. We can ensure she receives the help and care she needs.

"If you are a relative or friend of the baby's mother and are worried about contacting the police, I would like to reassure you that we share your concerns for her well-being. You can contact us in confidence and we will treat her sensitively."

A full post-mortem examination was being carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London today by a specialist Home Office pathologist to find out how the infant died.