Baby girl Daisy found dead at recycling plant 8 months ago will finally be buried with teddy – but mum is still missing

Baby girl Daisy found dead at recycling plant 8 months ago will finally be buried with teddy – but mum is still missing

May 14, 2021

A BABY girl found dead at a recycling plant eight months ago will be buried with her teddy – as her mum remains missing.

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


A frantic search was launched for the baby's mum but she has never been found.

Now baby Daisy will be laid to rest in the next few weeks with a teddy made using the hi-vis jacket of one of the workers who found and named her.

Her body was released earlier this month following an inquest with the council helping to organise her funeral.

Craftswoman Tarah Finlay, who made the bear, said she was "heartbroken" over the baby's death.

The mum-of-two, from Leeds, said: "A couple of days later, I was contacted on Facebook asking if I could help. 

"I was incredibly busy at the time but there was no way I could turn the job down, it was so sad and I wanted to help if I could. 

"I got it done in about two days because I was told it needed to be in time for the baby's funeral."

Tarah runs 3tothread, an independent business that makes memorial items such as bears and blankets.

She added: "I definitely thought about the meaning behind the bear as I was making it and that really spurred me on to do a good job.

"It was definitely the first and only time I've ever used high-vis as a material. In this case it made a lot of sense and was a really nice gesture."

The inquest heard how officers launched a search for the baby's mum over fears she needed urgent medical attention.

But months on, no one has come forward – and the baby remains unidentified.


Lionel Mairs, 31, was one of the crew who found the tiny girl at Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bowling Back Lane.

His partner Laura Pratt, 26, who commissioned the bear, said: "Lionel was really upset and devastated about what happened, but this bear has helped him.

"Originally, the baby was going to have nothing, so it has brought all the team comfort knowing that Daisy will have this bear with her.

"The bear is orange and wearing the work uniform, so it's sort of like they will always be with her and she won't be on her own."

Cops had released an image of a striking towel similar to the one the little girl was found wrapped in.

The towel features a large yellow map of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands as well as small images of fish, sea horses and a palm tree.

In a statement released in August, they said: "A post-mortem examination has been conducted and it believed the baby was stillborn.

"It is likely that this may have been a concealed pregnancy and the baby was not born in a hospital setting, so the mum of the baby may need urgent medical attention.

"Police and partner agencies are extremely concerned about the mum of the baby and are urging her or any friends or family members to come forward to help us give her the help and support she may need."


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