Plea to baby Maria’s mother

by Gazette Reporter

THE mother whose baby was found on the Steelstown Road has still not come forward.

The baby is still in the care of the Coombe Hospital.
She is being treated there and at Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin.
A care order has been granted with doctors saying the baby needs ongoing medical treatment.
The baby girl, who has since been named Maria, was found in a bin bag in a gateway on Steelstown Road on the Dublin-Kildare border on Friday, May 8.
Maria is thought to have been 24-36-hours old when she was found.
She was found by a couple driving in the area, who made the shocking discovery after stopping by the gate where the baby had been left.
Maria was fed and nourished when found, but was accompanied by only a green paper Marks & Spencer bag, a black plastic refuse sack and a fleece blanket.
Doctors now want to conduct a neurological examination of baby Maria.
They are also looking for permission to carry out a DNA test in the hopes of identifying her mother.
The woman has not made herself known as of yet and gardai are anxious to reunite her with her child.
They are extremely concerned for the welfare of the mother and have made a renewed appeal for her to come forward.
They stress that she is not in any trouble and the matter will be dealt with sensitively.
Fears have now grown that she could be seriously ill and in need of medical attention.
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has carried out checks across other hospitals in an attempt to locate her and are working alongside the Garda.
Investigations are ongoing and the Garda said they wold continue to liaise closely with the Health Service Executive on the matter.
Deputy Robert Dowds (Lab) said: “This is a terribly sad case for everyone concerned, and I would urge the mother of this baby girl to make contact with the gardai, who will deal with this as sensitively as possible.
“That road is a very quiet road, so it is a bit of a miracle that the baby was discovered so soon and that she is, thankfully, stable in hospital.
“This is a very heart rending case, and we can only hope that it will have a happy ending.”

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