NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two teenage girls suspected of shoplifting were stopped as they were leaving the Victoria’s Secret store in Herald Square, and a security guard checking their bags found what appeared to be a dead baby, police said Thursday.
The girls, both 17, were stopped by a store security guard. It was then that one of the girls admitted she had “a baby in the bag,” CBS 2 reported.
The guard called police. The girl later told police that she had given birth Wednesday and did not know what to do with the fetus, which had matured only five to six months, police said. The girl, who is from Brooklyn, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.
The teens have been identified as Tiana Rodriguez, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Francis Estevez, of Glendale, Queens. Rodriguez was the one carrying the bag with the child inside, police said.
They have both been charged with petit larceny. More charges could follow.
The Medical Examiner’s Office was performing an autopsy on the baby, which was believed to be a boy, to determine whether the child was born dead or alive and the cause of death. The results of the autopsy are expected Friday.
Nearby residents told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez they were stunned by the news.
“It’s sad and it hurts because it’s still a life that was born, and now it’s gone,” said Esther Gross, of the Upper West Side.
Passersby on the busy corner asked others what the commotion was about, and some were shaken by the answer they received.
“Very devastating,” one woman told WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman. “I’m a mother of a 5-year-old. I wanted to cry. It’s very sad.”
“There’s no reason, there’s no logical explanation to carry around a fetus,” another woman said.
Police were examining surveillance video from inside the store.
So, in essence, calling a doctor or visiting a hospital never sounded like a solid plan? But carrying a dead fetus around in a shopping bag (for what reason?) was a more thought out idea. I honestly can't imagine any reason someone would do something like this.
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