Newborn baby abandoned in toilet - man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Baby boy found abandoned in A&E toilet
Baby boy found abandoned in A&E toilet
  • New-born baby boy resuscitated after being found in toilet
  • 31-year-old arrested on suspicion of attempted murder
  • Emergency department closed overnight, now reopened
  • Hospital chief praises staff for “quick response”

A baby has been found abandoned in a hospital toilet.

Police have launched an investigation after a newborn baby boy was found in the toilets of the A&E department at the Royal Albert Infirmary in Wigan.

I would like to take this opportunity to praise the staff at the Royal Albert Infirmary, without doubt their heroic actions saved the life of this newborn baby

DI Martin Reddington

Officers were called just after midnight on Wednesday after security staff at the hospital found the baby which is now said to be in a stable condition.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The A&E department at the Royal Albert Infirmary was closed overnight but is now open as usual.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington, from GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “This is an awful situation, I am just so happy I am able to say that the baby boy is doing well.

“We have made an arrest and we will be thoroughly investigating how this happened.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the A&E department between 7pm and midnight and perhaps saw a man and a woman in and around the toilets or saw anything unusual to get in touch with police as soon as possible.

“I would like to take this opportunity to praise the staff at the Royal Albert Infirmary, without doubt their heroic actions saved the life of this new born baby.”

Andrew Foster, Chief Executive of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust said: “ I would like to thank all staff who were involved for their professionalism and calmness during the incident, particularly the diligent member of staff who discovered the baby and raised the alarm. I’m very proud of the way our staff worked, their quick response without doubt saved the baby’s life.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7124, 101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.