A murder probe has been launched after a newborn baby boy was found dead in a West Midlands canal, with police attempting to trace the infant’s mum.
A £5,000 reward is being offered by the Crimestoppers charity for information about the suspected murder following the discovery of the body on May 20.
Investigators say there are concerns for the missing mother’s welfare.
Officers have previously said the full-term baby was “probably not alive” when he was put into the Wyrley and Essington Canal in Rough Wood country park, near Willenhall, Walsall.
And he may have been in the water for up to four days before being discovered.
A passer-by discovered the baby at around 1pm in a stretch of canal off Hunts Lane.
Mick Duthie, director of operations at Crimestoppers, said: “This is a particularly sad, tragic case and shocking for the community, so we are keen to have answers as to what happened and who was involved.
“We are urging anyone who may know something to contact our charity anonymously as soon as possible.
“There is concern also for the well-being of the baby’s mother.
“Investigators, who have asked our charity to put up this reward, believe that someone may know or suspect who the mother is.
“We hope that our reward for information given anonymously will help prompt someone’s conscience to speak up and tell us what they know.”
Mr Duthie added: “Everyone who contacts Crimestoppers stays 100% anonymous. Always. We have kept this promise for over 32 years.
“When you call our UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111, which is open 24/7, or use our simple, secure and anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org to give information, nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”
Lee Coles made the tragic discovery as he walked home from shopping.
The 27-year-old, who has a toddler of his own, said he first believed the tragic infant was a doll, but called police when he realised what had happened.
Mr Coles, a full-time carer, that he noticed the infant’s feet and hands in the water in the water.
He said: “I went into complete shock. I couldn’t move. I had to sit down back – I felt like I was going to pass out.”
“When I got home I hugged my son a bit tighter,” he added.
Also speaking at the time, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, from the force’s CID, said: “This discovery is simply tragic. The death of this baby is absolutely heart-breaking.
“Our priority at this time is finding the little boy’s mother.”