1. “I know you are deeply broken.” Woman who found abandoned baby in Perth makes emotional plea.
The woman found the infant, believed to be about 24-hours-old, wrapped in a blanket in a box at a Booragoon medical centre on Wednesday.
The boy, named Raheel, was taken to Perth Children’s Hospital.
The mother also left behind a handwritten note asking he be cared for.
The woman who discovered the baby has shared a message to the mother of the child with 9News.
“The tears I’ve cried, I’ve cried for you. Some in public and some alone. I know you are deeply broken… I’m truly sorry that you have been pushed so far over the edge having to let go of your baby,” her message said.
She said the mother might feel condemned for her decision to leave her baby, but “I believe you wanted to make sure your baby will be in good hands”.
Authorities have also appealed for the mother to come forward but she is yet to be found.
On Thursday, West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said the government wanted to help her and urged her to come forward to get treatment.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said she could contact police anonymously or the Department of Communities.
“We do want to locate the mother, not for police reasons in terms of pursuing criminal conduct or anything, it’s about her health and welfare,” he told 6PR radio.
“Clearly she wanted to leave the child in a place to be cared for. We want to also care for mum.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he hoped the mother would be identified and the issue would be handled sensitively.
“My first thoughts are, frankly, with the young child, the infant, and that they are placed in the best of care,” he said.
“The WA government has the processes and systems in place to provide that care.”
Department of Communities assistant director general of service delivery Jackie Tang said Raheel had been brought into the provisional care of the Department and further decisions regarding his future would be made “in due course”.
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