New headstone unveiled at grave of newborn baby found dead at a recycling centre

The identity of the mother of a newborn baby found dead at a recycling centre two years ago is still not known.

The tragic tot, later named Daisy, was discovered wrapped in a pink beach towel by workers in Bradford, West Yorkshire, back in August 2020.

A frantic search was immediately launched to find the baby’s mum but she has never been located.

The inquest following the harrowing find heard how officers hunted for the child’s parent over fears she needed urgent medical attention.

But two years on, no one has still come forward – and the baby remains unidentified.

This weekend, a blessing has been held and a new headstone unveiled at the grave of the child.

A funeral service for her took place last May when was buried with a teddy bear made from the uniform of the workers who made the grim discovery.

And an emotional blessing at her new black headstone – shaped like the flower she was named after – took place on Saturday to mark two years since she was found.

Her headstone, adorned with porcelain monuments, unicorn plushes, a windmill and flowers, reads: “In our hearts you will stay remembered everyday.”

Staff from the waste management site attended the short ceremony and one placed a colourful wreath on the grave.

The Very Reverand Andy Bowerman, The Dean of Bradford, said a prayer for Daisy’s mum, who has never been found.

He said: “Someone, somewhere is grieving this baby.”

The tragic infant was discovered at the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bradford wrapped in a beach towel depicting the Spanish island of Fuerteventura in yellow.

Her death was confirmed by medics at 11.22am on August 20, 2020.

At the time of the baby’s discovery, West Yorkshire Police said they believed the baby was stillborn and it was likely the mother had concealed her pregnancy.

Investigators believed the distinctive towel may have held the key to finding the mother, amid fears she would require urgent medical care.

But despite repeated appeals to find her, she has never been traced.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said last year: “We thought that this was the least we could do to make sure the little girl whose physical existence was so fleeting on this planet, will have the opportunity to live on in our memories with this service.

“We may not know who her natural family is, but all of us in Bradford district are now her family.

“Having a funeral service organised by the Council, demonstrates that the city considers her one of our own. We are all so sorry that she has been lost to us.”