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First picture of baby boy found abandoned in park as search for mum continues

Detectives have renewed an appeal to find the mother (Picture: SWNS; West Midlands Police)

The first picture of a baby boy who was found abandoned in a park bush has been released as the search for his mum continues.

Detectives have renewed an appeal to find the mother after the baby was discovered by a dog in Kings Norton park, Birmingham, on April 22.

West Midlands Police said the baby was full term, likely to have been born the same day and abandoned hours later.

He was found wrapped in a blanket by Hel the Husky at around 5.30pm in an open area known as the Mounds in Shannon Road.

The dog ‘gently nudged’ the baby and he started crying, alerting owner Terry Walsh, who called emergency services.

The baby is now in hospital receiving treatment, but is said to be doing really well.

Mr Walsh, 64, believes his pet had been ‘sent from heaven to rescue a newborn baby boy’.

He said he would have walked on by what he thought was a discarded blanket had it not been for his dog’s quick thinking.

Semi-retired engineer Mr Walsh said: ‘As we walked through to the top of The Mounds, looking down towards Shannon Road, there was a lot of glass that had been smashed.

‘To my left, there was a rolled-up blanket just under the bushes. I turned round to grab hold of Hel so she didn’t go over the glass, and she went off to the blanket, lying next to it and started nudging it with her nose very gently.

‘Suddenly I heard this baby cry. I think it was Hel’s gentle nudging and the heat from my Husky’s body that woke the baby up.

‘A bigger dog or another dog with a different temperament might well have just ripped and tugged at the blanket and the baby could have been treated like a ragdoll and then you’ve also got the foxes and the rats and everything in there.

‘How would they treat a baby?’

West Midlands Police previously said a witness appeal had led them to believe the mother was a white woman in her early 20s.

Detective Superintendent Annie Miller said the baby was full term and most likely to have been born the day he was found. 

He was dressed in an orange and white stripy ‘Dino Dude’ tee-shirt, grey trousers and was wrapped in a grey and white zig zag pattern blanket.

Det Supt Miller said their priority was finding the mother as she may be in need of urgent medical treatment after giving birth.

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