Dublin authorities are still searching for the baby girl's mother
The stillborn baby found on a Dublin beach on Saturday morning has been given the name Belle by local gardai.
Inspector Brian Downey said: “We’ve decided to name the baby, we’re gonna call the baby Belle, after Belle’s Lane and also because Belle is a derivative from the French meaning beautiful.”
Belle was found on Saturday morning wrapped in cloth on the beach nearby to Balbriggan by a volunteer who was cleaning the area. The mother of the baby has not come forward, but authorities are insisting that she do so for her own wellbeing and that she is not in any trouble.
Dublin gardaí have said that they will cross-reference Belle’s DNA with a national database in hopes of finding the baby girl's mother. Local security camera footage is also going to be reviewed in hopes of identifying the girl’s mother.
After thanking the public for their assistance, Sergeant Fiona Savidge of Balbriggan Garda station said: "The primary concern is the health, welfare and medical assistance that can be offered to Belle's mam. I also want to say that the safety of Belle's mam is of paramount importance.”
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"The post-mortem showed yesterday that it was the birth of a baby girl, she was full term and unfortunately baby Belle was stillborn.”
Inspector Brian Downey insisted “the girl or woman who gave birth is not in trouble, there is no criminal investigation."
“This is not a criminal investigation and our appeal is to the mother of this baby, please come forward, you do need medical intervention and you do need medical help and we’re imploring anybody who knows anything about this matter, whether it’s the mother herself, or her parents or her brother or sister, cousin, boyfriend, to contact either the gardai or Tusla or call to a hospital, to a doctor,” he added.
“There’s probably a fear amongst the mother of Belle to come forward and what we’re trying to do is to create a safe environment that she will know that it’s okay for her to come to us.”
The public has also been urged to reach out with any information regarding the matter.