Foundling near border presumed to be Dutch
The newborn found just over the border from the town of Posterholt in Limburg was probably brought from the Netherlands, the German police said Monday.21 January 2008
KARKEN – The newborn found in front of a home on the Roermonder Strasse in Karken on Sunday evening, just over the border from the town of Posterholt in Limburg, was probably brought from the Netherlands, the German police said Monday.
An unidentified individual put the blond baby boy wrapped in towels in a shoulder bag with Dutch lettering on it in front of the home at about 7.40 pm and rang the doorbell before fleeing in a car in the direction of Posterholt.
The child, whose umbilical cord had not been professionally cut, was brought to hospital. The residents who found the children are under doctor's care as well because of the emotional effect the incident has had on them.
The German police say they are working with Dutch police to find the baby's mother. "We hope that anyone who noticed a woman who was heavily pregnant but who does not have a child now will report to the Dutch police," said a spokesperson for the German police in Heinsberg on Monday.
The police do not know what kind of vehicle the person used to flee after abandoning the child. "The residents heard the doorbell, opened the door and saw a car drive away fast. They did not pay much more attention to the car however but rather to the child lying on their doorstep," the spokesperson said. "These people have been seriously affected emotionally by the event."
On Sunday evening the German police informed the police in Limburg. A meeting with German and Dutch forces was scheduled for 10 am on Monday to coordinate search actions, said a spokesperson for the Limburg-Noord police on Monday.
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Subject: Dutch news