BABY BODY FIND: "It's just really a heartbreaking situation'
THE body of a newborn baby has been found abandoned in the backyard of a home at Newcastle.
NSW emergency services were called to an address on Church Street in Stockton just after 7am on Tuesday following the discovery.
A post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the age and cause of death, NSW Police said in a statement.
Police hold grave concerns for the mother's welfare, who may need urgent medical treatment, and are appealing for help from the public.
It's unclear how or when the baby got there, or who the parents are.
Detective Superintendent Brett Greentree said police have grave concerns for the mother, whom it's believed gave birth "very recently" and may need medical assistance.
"It's just really a heartbreaking situation. It's very very sad," he told reporters in Newcastle.
"We're hoping that between the investigations and the community we'll be able to identify this female first and foremost and make sure she has medical treatment."
Investigators don't believe there is a connection between the home where the baby was found and the person who lives there.
"The occupant of that residence has just gone out to the backyard this morning and located the body of the newborn," Det Supt Greentree said.
"That person is assisting us with our inquiries, as are the rest of the neighbours in the area who have been forthcoming."