Needham Market baby death detectives complete CCTV viewing

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Detectives searching for the mother of a newborn baby girl whose body was found in Needham Market four months ago have completed their initial viewing of the CCTV gathered.

Officers were called shortly after 3pm on Thursday 14 May, to Sackers recycling centre in Ipswich Road, Needham Market, where the body of the baby girl, knowns as Baby S was discovered. It is believed she was taken to Sackers on 14 May within one of two waste collection vehicles that collected commercial waste throughout the day from 52 different locations.

As part of the enquiry, officers secured more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage from areas in and around the bin locations, visiting over 800 addresses and premises. All the footage has been reviewed from midnight of 12 May through to the time when the bin was collected at each location on 14 May.

A comprehensive search was undertaken at Sackers recycling centre, during which a number of items were seized. However, following a review and analysis of these they have not assisted in identifying the parents to Baby S.

A Home Office post-mortem was held on Tuesday 19 May, with the initial findings proving to be undetermined pending further investigations, which are continuing.

DI Karl Nightingale said: “There are still active lines of enquiry to pursue as part of a major investigation we are conducting and we remain determined to finding answers to this tragic incident. We have preserved a vast amount of CCTV and conducted house-to-house enquiries to maximise the evidence gathered and prevent loss of potentially key evidence.

“Unfortunately, we cannot specify the location where this little baby girl was left prior to being conveyed to Sackers. We are still trying to establish if Baby S died before being left at one of the collections sites and examinations in relation to this remain ongoing with support from medical experts. It is anticipated these will still take many weeks.

“We’d repeat our previous plea for anyone with knowledge to come forward and help us piece together the identity of Baby S and her parents. It may be difficult to come forward with information, particularly if you have concerns about a family member or friend, but if you know who this baby girl is and how she came to be placed into a bin, I urge you to come forward and help us as soon as possible please.”

Information can be provided in a number of ways:
Using the online portal: or by calling 101 and quoting reference 37/26499/20