By Dave Andrusko
At first neighbors in the town of Corby, Northamptonshire, England, thought it was just garbage set out for collection. After all it was just a Tommee Tippee box, the kind that would have contained a starter kit for mothers beginning to breastfeed, with a “sold” sticker on it.
And then….cries…the unmistakable cries of a little baby.
According to the Daily Mail
Mother-of-three Nana Konadu, 40, lives in the house closest to where she was found.
The Argos shop-assistant said: ‘In went to work at about 7.30am. I don’t think the box was there when I left. It was found around 9am so it could have been there for anything up to an-hour-and-a-half.
‘When I found out the box had been found by my house I was shocked. Who could do such a thing?
‘My cousin told me the box was found under a tree. It is possible no one could have found the baby. It’s so lucky someone found her.’
The abandoned baby girl, estimated to be between four and six weeks old, is doing well at Kettering General Hospital. She was wearing a nappy and wrapped in two blankets when she was found Monday. It is not known how long she was there before she was discovered
According to the Daily Mail’s Martin Robinson, Janet Barr, a local resident, said
“I saw police in the road knocking on doors and heard from a friend that a little baby had been found. I was very upset but thank God the little one sounds like she will be okay. My friend said she overheard a PCSO [a police community support officer] say that several people walked past the box before anyone realized what was inside. The recycling bins are collected around here on a Wednesday so it’s perfectly possible someone thought it was a bit of rubbish and left it out for the bin men. It doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened to the little baby. It’s a miracle someone heard her crying and had the presence of mind to investigate
Authorities have released a photo of the little one and are urging the mother to come forward. Robinson wrote
In a direct appeal to the mother, Detective Superintendent Steve Lingley said: ‘Your baby is safe and being well cared for.
‘My worry is you. It must have been an awful decision you made to have left this baby where you did in Corby.
‘As a parent my plea to you, as another parent, is to come forward and let us help you.
‘We would like the mum to come forward and tell us she is well.’