Police last night pleaded with the mother of a newborn baby found dead in a litter bin to come forward amid concerns that she could need urgent medical treatment.
The baby was discovered by a woman as she searched bins on the corner of Church Hill Road and Stamford Road, Handsworth on Monday.
The baby boy still had his umbilical cord attached and the placenta was found in a bag nearby. It is thought it had been born a few hours earlier.
The cord had been cut and tied.
Police said they were treating the baby's death as "unexplained" and urged the mother to come forward. They assured her that she would be treated "sympathetically".
A post-mortem examination was due to take place to determine how the baby, who was white and had gone full term of pregnancy, died.
Det Sgt John Sellars, from Thornhill Road CID, said: "This is very tragic. Our main concern at the moment is for the mum's health and safety as she may be in need of urgent medical attention or psychological help.
"We are concerned that she may have injuries herself. We just want to ensure she gets the necessary treatment."
The baby was found at
2.10pm by a 43-year-old woman, who lives nearby.
Police were alerted after the woman took the dead baby to nearby Co-Chem chemist, in Church Hill Road.
She was initially arrested and later released on police bail. Police do not believe she is the mother of the baby.
Khalid Rahman, aged 29, who owns a food store in nearby Crompton Road, said he was shocked when the woman called walked in with the dead child. She was cradling the baby, looking at it and smiling," he said.
"She stood quietly for about a minute while I served a customer and then said she had found a baby.
"I asked her to show me. The eyes were closed and it was a bit too pale. She lifted the arms but they flopped back down. I said she should go to the chemist next door."
Det Sgt Sellars added: "Somebody must know who the mother is. Someone also helped to deliver the baby. I would appeal for them to come forward."