Abandoned Buġibba Baby Boy Named And Returned To Mother After Police Intervention

The mother is scheduled to be examined by a local psychiatrist

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After a newborn baby boy was found abandoned with the umbilical cord still attached last Friday, the child's mother has not only been identified, but also been handed the baby back.

The child’s mother, a 22-year-old Maltese woman, was identified over the weekend by local authorities. The baby was returned to her at Mater Dei Hospital, and is currently under a care order. Eventually, the boy - who was given the name Cristiano by Duty Magistrate Dr Joe Mifsud - will be taken to the Ursuline Sisters’ Créche. However, he will not be up for adoption.

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Photo from TVM's report

The mother was questioned by local authorities and given medical assistance required after giving birth. She is scheduled to be examined by a local psychiatrist, and local Social Services are also investigating the possibility of domestic abuse.

According to a TVM report, Cristiano did not cry when he was found, and when a Police official gathered him up, he immediately grasped and pressed his finger.

In the wake of online comments, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat criticised many of the reactions blaming the mother, describing Maltese society as highly masculinist. Muscat also urged the public not to judge the parents.

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Chiara Micallef