Mother of dead Mangere newborn remains a mystery

Police at the scene on Mona Ave, Mangere Bridge after the body of a small baby was found in a reserve. 24 November 2016 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Dean Purcell NZH 25Nov16
Police at the scene on Mona Ave, Mangere Bridge after the body of a small baby was found in a reserve. 24 November 2016 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Dean Purcell NZH 25Nov16

The identity of the mother of a baby boy found dead in a South Auckland reserve continues to be a mystery.

The body of the newborn baby, wrapped in clothing, was found last month by a man walking his dog near the mangroves of the Mona Ave Reserve in Mangere.

There were concerns for the mother, as she had likely given birth recently and possibly needed medical attention.

Today, a police media spokeswoman said no further information was available.

Although police confirmed the baby was a newborn, of Maori or Pacific Island ethnicity, they were unable to tell if he'd been stillborn.

Detectives released images of two distinctive pieces of muddy clothing the baby was found wrapped in, in the hopes someone would recognise them.

Police have released images of two pieces of clothing found with a deceased baby at a reserve in Mangere Bridge yesterday morning. 25th November 2016 supplied by NZ Police
Police have released images of two pieces of clothing found with a deceased baby at a reserve in Mangere Bridge yesterday morning. 25th November 2016 supplied by NZ Police

Forensic testing was under way to help identify the mother or father but results could take weeks.

Detective Senior Sergeant Karen Bright hoped someone recognised the items of clothing, which included a singlet with "Samoan Culture - Our Pride and Joy" on the front and a pair of "Active" brand track pants.

Top found with a deceased baby at a reserve in Mangere Bridge yesterday morning. 25th November 2016 supplied by NZ Police http://www.police.go
Top found with a deceased baby at a reserve in Mangere Bridge yesterday morning. 25th November 2016 supplied by NZ Police http://www.police.go

Police were continuing to make enquiries in the Counties Manukau area and were visiting high schools.

"Our priority right now is finding the baby's mother," Detective Bright said yesterday.

"We want to get her support and medical treatment. Our focus is all about locating mum."

Detective Bright urged anyone with information to do so and promised all who came forward could do so in confidence.

"We would reiterate that our main concern at this stage is the welfare of the mother."

"Anyone who wishes to speak with police can call Counties Manukau Crime Squad on (09) 261 1321 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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