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Mother of deceased newborn remains a mystery

THE identity of the mother of a baby boy found dead in a South Auckland reserve continues to be a mystery.

The body of the newborn baby was found Thursday morning, by a man walking his dog, wrapped in clothing by the mangroves of the Mona Ave Reserve in Mangere.

There were concerns for the mother, as she had likely given birth recently and might need medical attention.

Today, a police media spokeswoman said no further information was available.

Yesterday, while police confirmed the baby was a newborn, of Maori or Pacific Island ethnicity, they were unable to tell if he'd been still-born.

Detectives released images of two distinctive pieces of muddy clothing the baby was found wrapped in, in the hopes someone would recognise them.

Forensic testing was underway to help identify the mother or father but the results could take weeks.

Detective Senior Sergeant Karen Bright hoped someone recognised the items of clothing, which included a singlet with "Samoan Culture - Our Pride and Joy" on the front and a pair of "Active" brand track pants.

Police were expected to continue making enquiries in the Counties Manukau area and were visiting local high schools.

"Our priority right now is finding the baby's mother," Detective Bright said yesterday.

"We want to get her support and medical treatment. Our focus is all about locating mum."

Detective Bright urged anyone with information to do so and promised all who came forward could do so in confidence.

"We would reiterate that our main concern at this stage is the welfare of the mother."

"Anyone who wishes to speak with police can call Counties Manukau Crime Squad on (09) 261 1321 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

- NZ Herald

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