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An hour old newborn girl found in a shopping bag in east London

Baby Elsa: Mum of abandoned newborn still not found, court hears. Baby Elsa was found by a dog walker in freezing temperatures.The mother of a baby abandoned in a shopping bag has still not been identified, a court heard.The girl was found by a dog walker in freezing temperatures in Newham, east London, at about 21:15 GMT on 18 January. She was wrapped in a towel in a reusable shopping bag. She was named Elsa by hospital staff because of the sub-zero temperatures on the night she was found.
East London Family Court heard the child's mother had not come forward.

Police inquiries into her identity are continuing.

Kate Claxton, for Newham Borough Council, told the court: "The police currently have no leads."

She said the ongoing investigation meant Elsa's birth could not be registered, so a final decision about her care could not be made.The court was previously told Elsa was born about an hour before she was abandoned and still had her umbilical cord.Doctors believe she was a full-term baby and weighed 6lbs 6oz (2.9kg) when she was found, court documents showed.She was said to be medically fit and was discharged to foster parents on 23 January.Judge Carol Atkinson adjourned the case until 17 May.

In a previous statement, Ch Supt Crick appealed to the baby's mother to contact police.

"Our thoughts now turn to the baby's mother; we are extremely concerned for her welfare as she will have been through a traumatic ordeal and will be in need of immediate medical attention following the birth," he said.

"Trained medics and specialist officers are ready to support her and we urge her to get in touch by phone or walk in to the nearest hospital or police station."
He added: "Please know that your daughter is well, and no matter your circumstances, please do seek help by dialling 999."

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