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Abandoned Baby Found in East London Has Siblings

In a heart-wrenching discovery, a baby girl was found abandoned in a shopping bag in Newham, East London, on January 18 this year. The child, affectionately named Baby Elsa by hospital staff, was rescued by a vigilant dog walker in sub-zero temperatures.

What makes this story even more sad is that DNA testing has revealed Baby Elsa has two siblings: Baby Harry and Baby Roman. Both were found abandoned in similar circumstances in the same area of the capital in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

The children’s parents remain unidentified, and the Metropolitan Police continue their investigation into their identities. However, a recent ruling by Judge Carol Atkinson at the East London Family Court has changed reporting restrictions. Now, the link between these three siblings can be publicly disclosed, thanks to an application by the PA news agency and the BBC.

Judge Atkinson emphasised the public interest in reporting this extraordinary case. “The abandonment of a baby in this country is a very, very unusual event,” she stated. “And because of that, it is the story of the abandoning of a child that is of public interest.”

She further highlighted the importance of transparency: “In our current society, it is of enormous interest and importance that people know there is a mother and father out there who felt the need to relinquish their children in this way, three times.”

While reporting restrictions usually protect the anonymity of those involved in family court proceedings, a pilot scheme launched in 2023 aims to increase transparency. Accredited journalists and legal bloggers can now report on cases at 16 courts across England and Wales.

Baby Elsa’s case has been subject to a Transparency Order, allowing certain details to be reported. However, the children’s race remains a sensitive topic, and only specific information can be disclosed.

Baby Elsa, believed to be less than an hour old when found, was discovered at the junction of Greenway and High Street South in East Ham. Her sister, Baby Roman, faced similar circumstances in early February 2019, while her brother, Baby Harry, was found in 2017 wrapped in a white blanket in Balaam Street, Plaistow.

Both Baby Harry and Baby Roman, whose real names remain undisclosed, have since been adopted. However, Elsa’s birth cannot be registered due to the ongoing investigation, leaving her care in limbo.

Detective Sergeant Laurence Dight from the Metropolitan Police urged anyone with information about the parents’ identities to come forward. If you have relevant details, please contact the force using reference CAD 6876/18 Jan.

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