Miracle of Elsa: Baby 'less than an hour old' found dumped in a bag in freezing temperatures on London street

19 January 2024, 16:11 | Updated: 19 January 2024, 16:42

Police said the baby was less than an hour old when she was found
Police said the baby was less than an hour old when she was found. Picture: LBC

By Will Taylor

A baby who was found in a shopping bag on an east London street as temperatures plummeted to minus 4 overnight was less than an hour old, police have confirmed.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

A dog walker found the baby wrapped in a blanket at the junction of Greenway and High Street South, Newham, shortly after 9pm on Thursday and called police.

She was found reasonably quick, the Met said, as she was heard crying.

The dog walker kept the baby warm until paramedics arrived to check her and take her to hospital.

The little girl, who has been named Elsa temporarily, is black or mixed race. She has no injuries and is "safe and well" in hospital, police said.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick said: "We believe Elsa to have been less than an hour old when she was found. We do not yet know how long she had been there."

He told reporters the name "could have" been inspired by the hit animated film Frozen.

Read more: Newborn baby found inside shopping bag on freezing east London street

Officers are now trying to find her mother who is expected to be in need of immediate medical attention after giving birth, and she has been told to call 999 regardless of her circumstances.

Read more: Newborn baby found inside shopping bag on freezing east London street

"We just want to make sure mum's ok and there's lots of support waiting for her when she comes forward," Ch Sup Crick said.

"We don't know where mum is, she just need to make sure mum's ok following birth."

He said earlier: "Last night we were called by a member of the public out walking their dog, who had discovered a newborn baby in a shopping bag at the junction of Greenway and High Street South, E6.

"Thinking fast, that person kept the baby girl warm until London Ambulance Service paramedics arrived and checked her over before taking her to hospital. I am delighted to report that she wasn’t injured in any way and is safe and well in the care of hospital staff.

Read more: Ulez camera attack led to girl, six, being injured in car crash, police say

Read more: Bronson Battersby's sister ‘does not blame social services’ after two-year-old boy found starved to death

"I am grateful to the members of the public who stayed at the scene to speak with officers and medics – your actions contributed to saving the baby’s life.

"Our thoughts now turn to the baby 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.

"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.

"If you are the baby’s mother please know that your daughter is well, no matter what your circumstances please do seek help by dialling 999.”

Anyone who believes they may know who the child's mother is can call 999 ref CAD 6876/18 Jan.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Israel Palestinians

First aid from US pier in Gaza has reached starving Palestinians, the UN says

New York-Sexual Assault Evidence

Senate passes bill to tighten law Harvey Weinstein used to toss rape conviction

Sunak and Starmer have launched their election campaigns after the Prime Minister announced a shock July 4 poll.

Sunak tells Britain to ‘choose its future’ as he launches election campaign whilst Starmer says ‘it’s time for change’

Election 2024 Haley

Nikki Haley says she will vote for Donald Trump following their disputes

Geoff Kitchen's wife was told in intensive care about her husband's death.

‘Devoted’ wife of London-Singapore flight victim among six Brits in intensive care as she’s told of husband’s death

Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer

Sunak claims 'economy has turned a corner' and 'plan is working' at first campaign rally after announcing election

Police were called to the A227 near Meopham on Wednesday.

At least five children injured after ‘serious’ bus crash in Kent

Michael Schumacher's family have reportedly been awarded £170,239 in damages over a fake interview published by a German magazine.

Michael Schumacher’s family awarded six-figure sum in damages after court battle over fake interview

Prankster behind Sunak's 'Things Can Only Get Wetter' moment 'banned from Westminster' after drowning out speech

Prankster behind Sunak's 'Things Can Only Get Wetter' moment 'banned from Parliament' after drowning out speech

Several key seats have been labelled as potentially vulnerable in the General Election.

Key seats to watch in General Election as ‘Blue Wall’ faces onslaught from Labour and Lib Dems

David Wilkie with his Olympic medals

British Olympic swimming legend dies aged 70 after brave cancer battle

A person has been killed in a mudslide in Carlton-in-Cleveland.

Person dies in mudslide in North Yorkshire after Met Office yellow weather warning

Uvalde School Shooting

Families of Uvalde school shooting victims sue Texas state police over response

Cabinet Ministers facing uphill battle to hold onto seats

Full list of Conservative Cabinet Ministers facing uphill battle to retain seats at General Election

Rishi Sunak

Read in full: Rishi Sunak's speech as he announces General Election

Rishi Sunak has called a general election on July 4.

Immigration, the economy and the NHS: The key issues that will dominate election battle