Baby ‘abandoned’ in Bellevue St, Surry Hills, Sydney

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A BABY and her mother are both in hospital after false information was given to police that the newborn was found dumped on a footpath in central Sydney.

The infant, who may have been only two weeks old, had apparently been found late last night on Bellevue St in Surry Hills.

That sparked a major response by police who doorknocked residents and asked if they had seen a pregnant woman, with a crime scene set up around a grate the baby was supposedly found on.

But NSW police confirmed they were given misleading information. The child’s mother now says the baby wasn’t abandoned, and they both are being treated in hospital.

The incident is in the hands of social welfare and police are not investigating, a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP on Thursday.

Police took the metal grate, a beer bottle and other items

A resident whose window is right in front of where the baby was reported to have been found said she was in shock.

“I was just sleeping and I heard someone knocking on the door, then I heard someone asking did you see any pregnant women, any baby?,” she told The Daily Telegraph last night.

“It was the police, my housemate got me, there were five police around, four police cars. I asked them is the baby still alive, they told me the baby was about two or three weeks.”

NSW Department of Community and Family Services is also investigating.

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