Police search for newborn baby taken from Middlemore Hospital

Police are concerned for the wellbeing of a newborn baby who has been taken from Middlemore Hospital.

The two-day-old boy is believed to be with his mother, Dorothy Opetaia, somewhere in the South Auckland area.

"I have serious concerns for the wellbeing of the baby boy who desperately requires medical care," Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Hassall says.

"Someone in the Opetaia family will know where he is. I'm appealing for Dorothy or any family members to take the baby to any hospital straight away, delaying medical attention could cause him to become seriously ill."

Police are urging the public to help with the search. Anyone with information about the baby's whereabouts is asked to immediately call Counties Manukau Police on 09 261 1321.


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