The death of a newborn found in a canal in the United Kingdom is being investigated as murder, with a £5,000 reward being offered.
A gruesome discovery of a dead infant boy in a canal is now being investigated as a possible murder case, with a £5,000 reward offered for information.
The infant’s body was discovered in the water on May 20 in Walsall, West Midlands, and investigators suspect it had been there for up to four days. Around 1 p.m., a passer-by noticed the baby in a canal off Hunts Lane. Police are treating the death of the young kid as a suspected homicide nearly two months later.
When the full-term newborn was thrown into the Wyrley and Essington Canal in Rough Wood Country, officers thought he was “probably not alive.”
In a tweet, West Midlands Police stated that the matter is being investigated as a murder.
They’re still looking for the boy’s mother because they’re worried about her safety.
The Crimestoppers organization is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who are responsible for the baby’s death.
Police believe someone may have information that can help them identify the mother, according to Mick Duthie, director of operations for Crimestoppers.
“This is an extremely terrible, tragic, and upsetting event for the community, so we’re eager to learn more about what happened and who was involved,” he added.
“Anyone with information is urged to contact our charity anonymously as soon as possible.
“There is also concern for the baby’s mother’s health.
“Investigators have urged our charity to post this reward because they believe someone knows or suspects who the mother is.
“We hope that by offering a reward for anonymous information, we will encourage someone’s conscience to come up and tell us what they know.”
“Everyone who contacts Crimestoppers remains completely anonymous,” Mr Duthie added. Always. This pledge has been kept for over 32 years.”
Detective chief inspector Jim Munro visited the area in May, shortly after the baby’s body was discovered, to plead for information.
Passers-by left flowers and teddies as a sign of respect for the baby.
A handwritten message from a child was also put near the tributes.
A post-mortem examination found the baby died either “during the childbirth procedure or in the hours that followed,” according to DCI Munro.
At the time, the detective in charge of the case pleaded with the baby’s mother to come forward.