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October 19, 2013

Autopsy inconclusive for fetus found in NYC bag

NEW YORK — An autopsy of a fetus found in a teenage girl’s shopping bag at a New York City lingerie store was inconclusive, and more tests will be needed to determine how the fetus died, the city medical examiner’s office said Friday.

The needed tests could take a couple of weeks as police continue to look into the macabre case.

Preliminary reports from detectives were that the fetus was born alive and possibly had been asphyxiated, but chief New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy said that the case was still being investigated and that police were awaiting the medical examiners’ determination of the cause of death.

The case began Thursday when a security guard stopped Tiana Rodriguez and Francis Estevez, both 17, to examine their bags at a Victoria’s Secret store in midtown Manhattan. The guard found the dead fetus in a bag Rodriguez was carrying, police said.

Rodriguez told detectives she was carrying the remains because she had delivered a day earlier and didn’t know what to do, authorities said. Police believe Rodriguez delivered at Estevez’ house.

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