A newborn baby was found abandoned on a doorstep in the early hours of this morning.
Police and the ambulance service were called to an area near Shinwell Medical Centre, in Fourth Street, Horden, County Durham.
It is understood the baby boy was discovered by a passer-by just before 4.50am.
A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said the baby was taken to University of North Tees Hospital at Stockton.
Detective Inspector Aelfwynn Sampson, from Durham Constabulary’s safeguarding team, said: “We can confirm that a newborn baby was found at 4.48am on the doorstep of a property in the Horden area today.
“The little boy was taken to North Tees Hospital and is thankfully fit and well.
“We are now working closely with our partners at Durham County Council’s Children Services as part of this investigation.
“However, our priority is that mother and baby, who has been named Jack by hospital staff, get all the support necessary.”
At a lunchtime press conference at Peterlee police station, Det Insp Sampson revealed that the mother of the baby has now come forward.
She said: “In the last half-hour, a woman has come back into contact with the police and confirmed that she is the mother of the baby.
“My officers are with her now and are taking her to hospital for medical intervention to make sure that she is fit and well.
“After that, we will be looking at what happens next in terms of the baby and how we take this investigation forward.”
Coun Mary Cartwright, the Mayor of Peterlee, who drove past the scene, said: “I was on my way back from Newcastle Airport when I saw a police officer with a baby in his arms, wrapped in blankets.
“I could just see the baby’s head poking out. He ran across the road to an ambulance which had just arrived and gave the baby to the ambulance crew.
“Whoever found the baby, a big well done to them, they’re a hero.
“I hope the baby is okay and that the mother is okay and seeks medical attention as soon as she can.”