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Death of baby in bag a mystery

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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 the fetus was born alive and possibly had been asphyxiated, but chief New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy said the case was still being investigated and 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.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 19, 2013 A27

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