Seafield baby body: DNA test fails to identify mum

Officers at Seafield ' DNA records have not identified mother of dead child. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Officers at Seafield ' DNA records have not identified mother of dead child. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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POLICE today revealed DNA tests on the remains of a baby boy found on a path next to Seafield Crematorium have so far drawn a blank a month on from the discovery.

Detectives investigating the case, however, have uncovered important CCTV footage as they attempt to trace the mother of the child.

Officers said they were hopeful the images could boost their “painstaking and detailed work”, helping them move forward with the sad case.

One source close to the investigation said: “Identifying the mother of the child remains our priority and inquiries are being carried out with a view to doing that.

“CCTV inquiries have been undertaken in the local area, and the footage that has been gathered is assisting the ongoing investigation.”

The body of the baby boy was found one month ago, on July 28, in undergrowth next to Restalrig Path at around 5pm by a dog walker.

A DNA sample taken from the remains was run through the police national criminal database.

If the mother, or a member of her family, had committed a crime in the UK since 1995, forensic experts could have pinpointed a match among the six million people presently on the system.

It drew a blank – but officers have insisted they are still working on a “number of lines of inquiry”. They have also insisted they are keeping an “open mind” over how the child died, adding identifying how the baby came to be there was their priority.

Meanwhile, investigators are still appealing for the child’s mother to contact police or doctors as concerns persist for her wellbeing.

A police spokesman said: “DNA analysis has been
carried out and is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

“However, this has not immediately identified the mother
of the child.

“Officers have carried out extensive inquiries since the remains were discovered, and a number of lines of inquiry are being pursued as part of the ongoing investigation.”

In the days after the body’s discovery, tests revealed that the baby was newborn and may have been up to six weeks old.

The police spokesman added: “We will always keep an open mind in terms of our inquiries, but at this time we are focused on trying to establish the circumstances of how the baby boy came to be in the area, and tracing the mother of the child to ensure she is safe and well.”

Earlier this month, police released an image of a blanket found with the child. It featured a distinctive image of an elephant with a balloon tied to its trunk. Detectives have also searched a council list of at-risk babies and flooded the area with leaflets and posters in what has been a vain bid to identify the tragic tot.