Premier, PM call on abandoned baby’s mum to seek help

Police have launched an appeal after a newborn baby was abandoned. Picture: Stock image
Police have launched an appeal after a newborn baby was abandoned. Picture: Stock image

A MOTHER who abandoned her newborn baby outside a Perth medical centre needs treatment and should come forward without fear of being charged, police say.

The boy, named Rahil, was found in a box at the Garden City Medical Centre in Booragoon on Wednesday morning and taken to Perth Children’s Hospital.

He had been wrapped in a blanket and the mother also left behind a handwritten note asking he be cared for.

Rahil, whose name can mean “traveller” or “innocent”, appears to be in good health.

But the mother did not give birth at a hospital and on Thursday West Australian Premier Mark McGowan urged her to come forward to get treatment.

“All people want to do is support her,” he told reporters.

“Get some medical attention. The government wants to help you.”

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said she could contact police anonymously or the Department of Communities.

“We do want to locate the mother, not for police reasons in terms of pursuing criminal conduct or anything, it’s about her health and welfare,” he told 6PR radio.

“Clearly she wanted to leave the child in a place to be cared for. We want to also care for mum.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he hoped the mother would be identified and the issue would be handled sensitively.

“My first thoughts are, frankly, with the young child, the infant, and that they are placed in the best of care,” he said.

“The WA government has the processes and systems in place to provide that care.”

Department of Communities assistant director general of service delivery Jackie Tang said Rahil had been brought into the provisional care of the Department and further decisions regarding his future would be made “in due course”.

If the baby’s mother doesn’t wish to contact police, detectives have urged her to contact Department of┬áCommunities on 9431 8800 or after 5pm, Crisis Care on 9233 1111.