Police have said the mother of a baby abandoned in woodland may have been the victim of a rape[/caption]
She was named Pearl by officers who have been trying to find her mother ever since.
Det Chief Inspector Lewis Hughes, said : “A post-mortem examination by a forensic pathologist and paediatric pathologist has revealed that baby Pearl had a congenital defect, which is that she had two ribs missing.
“There any number reasons as to why that could have been. We don’t know if it contributed to her passing away before or after birth.
“And equally we don’t know if the mother or parents would have necessarily known if she had that defect.”
Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Hughes said the abandoned baby had been treated with ‘no compassion’[/caption]
Police specialists were forced to abseil down to retrieve baby Pearl’s body[/caption]
The baby was found on April 4 by a dog walker close to the River Roch near the Back O’ Th’ Moss estate in Heywood, Manchester.
DNA tests carried out on the tot threw up thousands of matches, with police now speaking with several women in the area.
Pearl is believed to be white but ethnicity testing suggests there may have been a mixed racial heritage in her family.
Police have so far been unable to establish what colour hair or eyes Pearl had.
They fear her mother may have been a victim of abuse and in some distress as the child’s umbilical cord was still attached and showed signs that it had been “severed roughly”.
DCI Hughes said: “Pearl was around the age of a fully developed baby in terms of the pregnancy process, capable of being born alive.
“It may be that she was born alive and lived for a short time, minutes, hours, days, we don’t know. Equally it could be that Pearl wasn’t born alive. She could have been stillborn.”
Floral tributes have been left for the tragic tot[/caption]
Officers says Pearl may have been alive when she was left and could have been left to die after being carried up a hill and rolled down a steep rock face.
DCI Hughes revealed his team of 20 officers have been affected emotionally by the tragic discovery.
He added: “The team is full of mums and dads and it has affected them and me. It is a tragic case. The mum has probably been through a terrible ordeal. We are keen to know what has happened to mum and baby.
“I am more determined than ever to solve it, despite the difficulties with the investigation, because of the lack of opportunities regarding where Pearl was found – lack of CCTV, or witnesses, remote woodland, and a lack of forensic opportunities.”