Police begin DNA tests in baby death case

 

Police in Northern Ireland have begun DNA tests on 600 women to try and find the mother of a baby whose body was found in a bin bag in south Belfast.

The body of the baby girl was discovered by children in a lane at Carryduff on the outskirts of south Belfast. She had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Despite a huge police investigation, detectives have still not identified the mother of the baby, named Carrie after the area where she was buried.

Women aged between 13 and 45, who are not pregnant, will be screened as detectives continue efforts to find the mother.

Police have said the baby was originally buried in another, unknown, location but was dug up and taken to an area known as Duck Walk.

Detectives believe the baby may have been moved to ensure she was discovered - possibly by the mother. They have pledged to destroyed all DNA records after their investigations are completed.

PA