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Strechford woman charged with child abandonment after baby was found in bag in park

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  • Baby was found in plastic bag in undergrowth by dog in October last year
  • Woman from Strechford, Birmingham charged with child abandonment
  • Baby now said to be in good health at ten months old

By Luke Garratt

PUBLISHED: 11:14 EST, 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:37 EST, 13 January 2014

A woman has been charged with child abandonment following an accusation of leaving a newborn baby in park undergrowth in the West Midlands.

Nadia Vicarage, 26, was charged after the one-day-old was found by a dog walker on 31 October last year in the bushes at Marlborough House community park in the Strechford area of Birmingham.

The child spent two weeks in hospital receiving treatment for an infection, but is now said to be doing well at ten weeks old.

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Baby who was found in a bag by a dog walker in a park in Stechford , Birmingham on Octobrer 31, 2013

Baby who was found in a bag by a dog walker in a park in Stechford , Birmingham on Octobrer 31, 2013

(Left) The baby is now progressing well in local authority care, after a 10 week stint at hospital, (right) Jade, the dog who found the baby in the bag

At the time the baby was found with its umbilical chord still attached wrapped in a towel and placed inside a bag.

The baby was sniffed out by a dog who alerted it's walker to the baby's presence.

Speaking in October, dog walker Roger Wilday said at first he thought German Shepherd Jade had found a bag of dumped kittens.

'I was just coming back (out of the park) and Jade went to some bushes and she wouldn’t come back to me.

'I went to look and saw a carrier bag in the bushes and it moved.

'I thought, "what’s that?" and heard a cry and so I looked in the bag and it was a baby in there.

'Jade has grown up with children around her, she loves babies and when she found the baby in the bushes she wouldn't leave until she knew I had seen it,' the retired engineer said.

'She is a hero dog. There was no-one else in the park at the time and it was very cold.

   

West midlands police launched and investigation into finding the mother or guardian of the child, making house-to-house enquiries in the neighborhood near where she was found.

Birmingham East Police Chief Inspector Ian Green, said: 'It is fantastic news that the baby is recovering well.'

The baby is now in local authority foster care.

Vicarage has been charged with one count of child abandonment and has been bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 29 January.

The little girl when she was found at only one day old. She is now ten weeks old and progressing well.

The little girl when she was found at only one day old. She is now ten weeks old and progressing well.

The Park where the baby was found inside the plastic bag by a dog and its owner. The baby has since been treated in hospital

The Park where the baby was found inside the plastic bag by a dog and its owner. The baby has since been treated in hospital

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