The poor newborn was found dead at a recycling center dumped on a sack.
Baby S, as she became known, was thought to have been less than 48 hours old when she was found by staff at the Sackers facility in Needham Market, Suffolk, on May 14, 2020.
The people of the said town call the unlucky little girl Baby S, people compared her to a rosebud that was not given a chance to bloom as she was laid to rest in a tiny white coffin during her moving graveside ceremony.
A crowd of 15 mourners including police, council officials, and six staff from the recycling firm where she was found gathered to say their final farewell to her.
Some wiped away tears as her coffin was carried to her grave with a single white rose on top in the children’s section of the Millennium Cemetery in Ipswich, Suffolk. Baby S was discovered during the first lockdown on May 14, 2020, by staff sorting waste at the Sackers recycling depot in Needham Market.
Police believe she was dumped in a bin at one of 52 commercial sites in the Ipswich area which had waste picked up and taken to the center earlier in the day by two Sackers lorries.
The police officers already viewed more than 11,000 hours of CCTV footage and visited homes and businesses in their hunt for clues about the mother of the baby, but still failed to identify her parents.
Police admitted that they do not know whether the baby was alive or dead when she was dumped in the bin. While the post mortem by a home office pathologist was also unable to establish how she was dumped in the bin.
Celebrant Patrick Eade said: “Baby S, you will never be forgotten. May the light of love shine upon you, and on those who care for you, and may you come to the end of your journey in gentleness and joy. Your memory remains in our hearts, and as long as we remember you, you will live on.”
“But every life that ever forms, Or ever comes to be, Touches the world in some small way for all eternity. She had died ‘in the most tragic circumstances,” he added.
Celebrant Patrick Eade said the officers involved in the case had “each played a part in doing the right thing as you tried to fit together the pieces of this tragic jigsaw and ensure that Baby S will be laid to rest in a dignified manner, never forgotten and extend help to those in need”.
“It’s difficult to imagine what family members of Baby S are experiencing. A bereaved parent will never move on, but go on. If a message could reach the family of Baby S, I imagine it would be “please tell me what I can do to help,” he added.
The death ceremony also includes the playing of The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles and Somewhere over the rainbow by Israel.
Detective Inspector Karl Nightingale of Suffolk Police, who was at the funeral, made an appeal for her parents or anyone with information to come forward. He said: “Today we have laid this newborn baby girl to rest. Known only as Baby S, at this time we remain keen to establish the facts of what happened to her prior to her discovery on May 14, 2020.”
“We have always kept an open mind of what led to her being placed into a bin. Time has moved on, but we remain unclear about this little girl’s story. After nearly two years, people’s lives have changed.”
“Very few may know the truth about her story, but someone must. Now is the time to come forward and share with us the details of her short life, and this little baby girl her proper name,” he added.
The CEO of Sackers David Dodds, who was at the service with some of his staff, pledged to buy a headstone for her grave. He said: “We just wanted to pay our respects and see her in her last resting place. We are all so concerned for her mother. We want her to get the help she needs.”
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