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The Mysterious Case Of The Hull Baby Left On A Path At 3am

by | 27th, September 2011

IT’S 3am in Hull. Joel Redhead a student is 18. He spots a 17-month-old baby abandoned in her pram “.

He tells the Sun :

“I was about to walk by the pram, but I saw a head and realised it was a baby inside. She was awake, but not crying — I just couldn’t believe my eyes. The pram was in the middle of the path. The baby was just in the pram with a black blanket over it.”

So… He pushed the pram to a friend’s home. He called the police.

The baby was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary, East Yorks. She’s fine.

Humberside Police located the child’s parents.

The story is vague. We are not told how long it took for the police to contact the parents, nor if the parents had been looking for the child.

The local paper reports:

Humberside Police appealed for the family of the baby to come forward through the media at 10am the same day, and within half an hour relatives were traced.

In place for fact, the Sun opts for emotion:

Father Dominique Minskip, parish priest of Hull’s Sacred Heart Church said… “I’m sure people will be shocked and I’m sure they will imagine this could only have been done in a situation where the parents were deeply troubled. I think people want to wish the family well.”

Father, no. There is nothing better than a story of bad parenting to make readers feel better about themselves.

The Sun then relays the words of Councillor Mary Glew, who represents the area:

“This is such a tight-knit community and people are very caring. They will be very shocked that a baby has been abandoned.”

But was it abandoned? Maybe:

A MAN of 33 appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with child cruelty. He entered no plea and was bailed pending a further hearing.

Local News tells us:

The 33-year-old man spoke briefly to confirm his name, address and date of birth at Hull Magistrates’ Court yesterday

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