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Plea 30 years after newborn baby found dead near Lisburn

The scene where a baby boy's body was discovered on the banks of the river Lagan at Legacurry Road, Lisburn in Northern Ireland, on February 21, 1984.

The scene where a baby boy's body was discovered on the banks of the river Lagan at Legacurry Road, Lisburn in Northern Ireland, on February 21, 1984.

Detectives investigating the death of a newborn baby found on a riverside in Northern Ireland 30 years ago have urged his parents to come forward and reveal what happened.

The child suffered head injuries and was found in a green plastic bag by a woman walking her dog on the banks of the River Lagan near Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

But the boy has never been identified and on this, the 30th anniversary of the discovery, police said part of their inquiries included work to obtain a DNA profile to assist with the process of finding out who he was and how he became to be there.

Detective Chief Inspector David Cunningham from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch, said efforts were being made to match it with samples on the DNA database and, with advances in forensic science, he was hopeful of making further progress.

But he also urged the baby’s parents to contact the police so that they could carry out a forensic comparison.

Mr Cunningham added: “The best way of reaching an informed resolution to our investigation would be for the boy’s parents or anyone who has information, suspicions or concerns about the circumstances of his birth and his untimely death 30 years ago to come forward and talk to police.

“I am sure someone knows what happened in this case. It is first and foremost a tragedy. The boy would be a 30-year-old man today, perhaps with a family of his own. As it is, he is a baby with no name, no family and no history. We owe it to this child to do everything we possibly can to determine the circumstances surrounding his death.”

In a direct appeal, he said: “If you are one of the parents of this baby boy and you have been wrestling with your conscience for the past 30 years, then this is an opportunity for you to do something positive about it. I would also ask anyone with information, even after 30 years, to be true to themselves and to the memory of this baby boy and talk to us.”

 

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