A newborn baby has been found dead in a supermarket car park today - as police issue an urgent appeal to find the mother.
The infant was discovered by a member of the public just after 9am in a Morrisons in Bilston, Wolverhampton.
Police do not know when the baby was born, nor how it ended up in the car park. They have not revealed the infant's gender.
West Midlands police are 'extremely concerned for the welfare of the baby's mother' and have urged her - or anyone who knows her - to come forward.
Detective Inspector Jim Edmonds said: 'This is a truly tragic discovery, and we've been treating the scene and the baby with the utmost care and dignity today.
A newborn baby has been found dead by a member of the public just after 9am in a Morrisons in Bilston, Wolverhampton (the supermarket, pictured)
'While we don't yet know what has happened, what we do know is that there must be a mother out there who is in real need of help − and she is my absolute priority at the moment.
'We have been checking CCTV and speaking to hospitals, but it may be that the mother or someone who knows who she is sees this appeal.
'I really want to speak to her to make sure she's OK, and to ensure that she can get the help that she urgently needs.'
Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch, quoting log 842 of 11 April.
Officers can be reached via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.