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Police concerned for mother's well-being

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

Police have appealed for the mother of a baby whose body was found in an Auckland reserve to come forward, saying they are concerned for her well-being.

A member of the public walking his dog found the body at a reserve on Mona Ave, in Mangere Bridge, around 8.30am on Thursday.

The baby is believed to have been very young, possibly newborn.

Detective Senior Sergeant Karen Bright says the police's priority is locating the mother.

"We are really concerned for her well-being and we want to get her support and medical treatment," she said.

"For that reason we ask that she contact us. She can contact any police station and she can speak to us in confidence."

Det Sen Sgt Bright said police also wanted to hear from anyone who could help to identify the mother or the child.

She said the investigation was in its early stages, "so we have very little information".

Police were conducting a scene examination on Thursday and post-mortem examination of the baby's body would be held on Friday.

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