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**Updated at 9.45am on Saturday 1 June, 2019** from Kent Police

The mother of a new-born baby found unaccompanied outside Darent Valley Hospital on Friday 24 May, 2019 has been located.

Following appeals for information, officers have been able to identify the mother who has been provided with the relevant medical support.

The new-born boy continues to be taken care of.

Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Talboys said: “I would like to thank all the staff and security at Darent Valley Hospital, the witnesses that provided relevant lines of enquiry and to the officers and staff who have worked tirelessly on this case. 
“With all partner agencies working together, all parties involved have been safeguarded and the appropriate support has been put in place.”


Detectives seeking to locate the mother of an unaccompanied baby who was found outside the main entrance of Darent Valley Hospital are renewing their appeal for information.


The infant, who is a new-born boy of black or mixed race descent, was found outside the hospital entrance at around 3.15am on Friday 24 May 2019.


Kent Police is looking to identify a dark, four door saloon style vehicle seen in the area at the time as its occupant could have important information that can help identify the mother. To help trace the vehicle, officers would also like to hear from motorists with dashcam who were travelling in the surrounding area between 2.30am and 3.30am.


Investigators are also keen to hear from two people who were in the hospital car park at the time the baby was found.


Detective Chief Inspector Matt Talboys, from Kent Police, said: ‘It is really important that we locate the mother as we need to ensure she is safe and I urge her to call us on 999.


‘I would like to stress, there is nothing to fear in coming forward. The baby is safe, healthy and being taken care of but we need to make sure the mother is also getting any help she may need.


‘Given the close proximity to London and Essex, we are looking into the possibility the mother may be from these areas and we would therefore like to hear from anyone living in these areas, as well as Kent, who thinks they may have information that can help. What may appear to be insignificant to them could be hugely significant for our enquiries.


‘Anyone who thinks they have information, no matter how small it may seem, is asked to call us on 999 quoting 24-0117.’

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