The body of a newborn baby was found Wednesday inside a garbage bag in North Brabant, a province in the south of the Netherlands.

The body was found by a local resident who was walking near the area in Wernhoutsburg park in Wernhout. The resident spotted the green garbage bag lying in the sand, and went close to it to pick up when he found the baby's body inside it. The man immediately alerted the police about the child's corpse, Omroep Brabant reported [Google Translate showed].

"You know, I can only hope that the baby did not suffer. If so, I hope for justice. Regardless, this is a tragic loss,” the man told local media. He urged the media to protect his anonymity.

The police said they were concerned about the mother's mental and physical state. Authorities cordoned off a large part of the park at Kleine Heistraat, media outlet NL Times reported. Numerous officers arrived at the scene and searched the area for hours after the discovery for clues as to who dumped the baby's body. Tracking dogs also conducted a search for trace evidence, and a police helicopter was used to monitor the scene.

"There are forensic investigators at work and the police helicopter has just flown over the area to properly map everything out. There will also be a further investigation with a detection dog," a police representative at the scene said Wednesday, according to Omroep Brabant.

As of Thursday, the baby and the mother remained unidentified. The gender of the baby was also not known.

The police urged the local residents to come forward with any information that could help in the case. They also urged the baby's mother to come forward.

Earlier this month, the body of a newborn baby was found inside a plastic box that was abandoned in an alley. The child's umbilical cord was still intact. The body, which had decomposed, was dumped behind a business premise in Jalan Kluang, Malaysia. "Initial investigations found that the victim had been left at the location for more than 24 hours as the body had starting to decompose," said Ismail Dollah, Batu Pahat Officer in Charge of Police District, The Star reported. The child's body was sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 

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