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Identity of Baby S found at Needham Market recycling centre two years ago remains mystery despite police investigation



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Tomorrow marks two years since the discovery of the body of a new-born baby girl at a Suffolk recycling centre whom police remain unable to identify.

Named Baby S, officers are still trying to uncover her identity and piece together what happened that led to her being found at Sackers in Ipswich Road, Needham Market.

Today police revealed that it is understood Baby S suffered a head injury prior to her death.

Sackers recycling centre, in Ipswich Road, Needham Market. Picture by Mark Westley
Sackers recycling centre, in Ipswich Road, Needham Market. Picture by Mark Westley

However, despite experts supporting constabulary enquiries, the injuries she received after death that resulted from the waste processing have hindered the investigation.

Suffolk Constabulary are able to confirm Baby S was born alive at full-term, but cannot confirm if there was one cause or a combination of causes of her death.

DNA work to identify the parents of Baby S has led officers to believe they may be from a black or mixed ethnicity background.

A funeral was held for Baby S on February 17 this year. Picture: Mecha Morton
A funeral was held for Baby S on February 17 this year. Picture: Mecha Morton

Police believe the new-born was taken to Sackers on the day her body was found, May 14 2020.

She is thought to have been inside one of two waste collection vehicles which picked up waste belonging to businesses from 52 locations.

Many of these businesses were in and around the Ipswich area. Other collections were made along the general route from Sackers in Needham Market.

A team of officers have reviewed more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and visited more than 800 addresses in their search for Baby S' identity.

Forensic analysis of items taken from the recycling centre did not provide any answers.

Police remain hopeful that they will identify Baby S' family. Picture: Suffolk Police
Police remain hopeful that they will identify Baby S' family. Picture: Suffolk Police

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesperson said: "Baby S was found during the first lockdown in the country, at a time when her mother may have been in contact with fewer people than normal, but her pregnancy and giving birth may have been apparent and we need people with information to share that with the police."

Detective Chief Inspector Karl Nightingale said: “We remain hopeful and determined to identify Baby S’ family and understand what led to her discovery on 14 May 2020.

“To assist in finding those answers we still need people to come forward and provide us with information. We understand this this may create some concern, but it is the right thing to do.”

Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale. Picture: Mecha Morton
Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale. Picture: Mecha Morton

A funeral was held for Baby S on February 17 this year. An inquest into her death is scheduled for June 21.

Suffolk Police urge anyone with information which could help the inquiry to contact them 100% anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their online form.

You can also contact police using the online portal or by calling 101 and quoting reference 37/26499/20.