CINews received a call from a concerned member of the public yesterday morning about the case.
The person, who asked not to be identified, provided a contact number of an “aunty” of the women who is said to have discovered the child.
CINews spoke to the woman who declined to provide any additional information, and referred the newspaper to the police. She also asked not to be named.
Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said he could only confirm that the police had received a report late on Saturday morning that a new-born baby had been found abandoned in the Turangi area.
“The matter is under investigation and no information or details will be provided other than that the baby and mother are both well,” he said.
An ambulance was seen speeding through Avarua in the Turangi direction mid-morning on Saturday and is thought to have taken the baby to hospital.
With talk swirling on social media about the case, sources close to the mother hit out at those spreading unfounded rumours.
CINews spoke to members of the Turangi tapere yesterday morning.
A member of Wave Church, Anabel Tatuava, said she knew of the woman concerned and her plight, and suggested that false information should not be shared online.
She said claims that the baby had been found in a field were incorrect.