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Mother of abandoned newborn boy hands herself in to police (Update 2)

The mother of a newborn baby boy abandoned on Friday outside the old Limassol hospital gave herself up to police in the afternoon. Officers had been looking for her since lunch.
State radio reported that the young Greek Cypriot woman is in need of psychological support and she was taken to hospital as she also needs treatment by doctors. She will be questioned about her reasons for leaving the baby at a later stage.
According to the head of the Limassol CID, Ioannis Soteriadis, the baby, who is alive and well, was found by a nurse wrapped up in a dirty towel, abandoned on a chair outside the office used by ambulance staff. The infant was transferred by ambulance to the Limassol general hospital where he was placed in an incubator in the neonatal ICU.
Soteriades said the baby was born full term, weighs 2.8kilos and is in good health.
He appeared to have been abandoned right after he was born as he was reportedly still covered with vernix when it was found.
Police are investigating the criminal offences of infant and child abandonment and concealing of birth.

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