Greater Manchester police have criticised reports that circulated over the weekend over the circumstances of the death of Baby Pearl whose body was found in woodland in Heywood nearly three weeks ago.

A report in the Sunday Times had suggested and speculated details over the death of the new born baby and of the circumstances of the mother.

Despite extensive enquiries by detectives,supported by a behavioral psychologist, including national DNA database searches, the parents of Pearl, particularly the mother, have still not been identified.

Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Hughes, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “I know how heart-breaking this case is for everyone involved from emergency services to members of the public and we all want to get to the bottom of what happened to Pearl.

“There have been some unhelpful headlines that circulated over the weekend and we feel it is important to update the public accurately.

“As part of our enquiries, we are working to establish who Pearl’s mother is and all possible scenarios such as what led to her being left in the woods.

“We will continue to update you with the facts of our investigation but I would ask people to not speculate, especially considering the distressing details of this case, and continue to urge anyone with any information to please get in touch.

“Any piece of information, no matter how big or small, could prove vital to this investigation and I implore you to contact police.A baby girl was left in the woods and we need to find out how she came to be there.”



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