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Mum arrested as abandoned baby found outside Co-op in Whitstable

By KentOnline reporter

A teenage mum has been arrested after allegedly abandoning her baby outside a supermarket.

Police were called to the Co-op in Canterbury Road, Whitstable, after the youngster was discovered in a pram at about 6.20pm last night.

As temperatures plummeted, officers searched the area for the 18-year-old mum, who had last been seen outside the store.

The Co-op store in Canterbury Road, Whitstable
The Co-op store in Canterbury Road, Whitstable

She was found soon after and arrested in connection with the incident.

Police spokesman Natalie Hardy said officers were alerted by a caller who had found an “unaccompanied child” at the supermarket.

The mum remains in custody, while the baby is understood to be well and being looked after.

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