The body of a newborn girl was ‘covered in bite marks from foxes and dogs’ when she was found abandoned in woodland. The baby was given the name Pearl by police after her body was discovered by a dog walker in Bluebell Forest, part of Roch Valley Woods in Heywood, Greater Manchester, on April 4.

Its belived the child was still alive when she was left to ‘freeze to death’ without a ‘scrap of clothing’ and part of her umbilical cord still attached, it said. Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Hughes said: ‘I can only hope she wasn’t alive at the point she was left here. The alternative doesn’t really bear thinking about.’

He said detectives believe her mother could be a victim of rape, abuse or incest and felt no emotional connection to the newborn.A  female police officer brought a pink Moses basket to carry Pearl in (PiPolice at the scene in a field near George Street in Heywood, Greater Manchester (PictHughes said: ‘Whoever left Pearl here was a victvictim  someone with inappropriate attachment for the baby. She has been treated with no compassionate a friend of the woman who found Pearl told The Sunday Times that ‘she hasn’t stopped crying’ since the ‘horrific’ discovery.

The child’s identity remains a mystery and during a press conference earlier this month, Hughes pleaded to anyone with information to come forward. He said it was Greater Manchester Police’s ‘responsibility to find the answers.’ Police appeal after baby girl ‘Pearl’ found dead ìHe said: ‘I believe someone somewhere knows who the parents are and I believe somebody somewhere knows who put baby Peal in the woods where she was found. ‘I’d like to appeal to the public if anyone seen anything, heard anything or knows anything.’

Police gave her the name Pearl, which means precious, because ‘it’s important we feel that she is given an identity.’ Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4810 or 07387 705768, quoting incident number 368 of 04/04/18. Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.





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