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Hunt for schoolgirl who gave birth in park as police fear baby is dead

Dog walker found evidence of the afterbirth in October

A SCHOOLGIRL who gave birth in a park is being frantically hunted by police, who fear her baby died.

Cops are desperate to find the girl and discover what happened to the newborn after she gave birth outdoors without medical help.

It is believed the girl, who may be in her early teens, kept the pregnancy secret from her family.

The search comes after a dog walker discovered what is thought to have been the afterbirth in Penhow near Newport, South Wales.

Police do not know what has happened to the young mum or her baby since the birth last October, but fear the child did not survive.

They are carrying out DNA tests on the birth material and have brought in profiling experts in a bid to trace the girl.

Det Supt Ruth Price said: "It is very sad to have to accept that we are now working on the basis that the baby, believed to have been a little girl, didn't survive and that for whatever reason, her mother and anyone else who knows anything about her pregnancy or birth have not sought any help.

"Indications are that the mother is more than likely to be young and afraid of what her parents may think of a pregnancy. We also believe that she is a local person, would not have had to travel far and knew the Penhow area.

"Someone who knows her may have noticed a change in her behaviour leading up to the day it happened or afterwards.

"She may have avoided activities where her pregnancy would have been visible, for example PE at school, her relationships with friends may have changed and generally she would have been under enormous pressure.

"If this girl was attending school, teachers may have picked up on any of these behaviours. I would like to appeal to them as a group to think about any of their pupils who may fit into some or all of the categories I've mentioned."

"Additional lines of enquiry have also been pursued, including forensic analysis of the birth material and tracing and speaking to a number of pregnant females in Gwent whose expected delivery dates coincided with the estimated age of the baby born.

"Unfortunately, so far, these have been unsuccessful."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.