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Police: Fetus Flushed Down Toilet, Found In Two Pieces At Sewage Treatment Plant

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STAMFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Police say a worker found a fetus at a sewage treatment plant in Stamford.

WFSB-TV reports that Stamford authorities said Wednesday they’re working with the office of the chief medical examiner to use DNA to determine the mother. The fetus was found on Saturday.

Investigators tell WFSB that the fetus was about six months along and found in two pieces at the treatment plant inside a dumpster. The fetus was wrapped up in tissue products.

“At this point, we can’t tell if it was male or female,” Stamford Police Lt. Diedrich Hohn told the station.

Authorities say the fetus was flushed down the toilet within 24 hours prior at the time it was found on Saturday.

“Just to flush them down the toilet, put them in the sewage system,” English Drakeford told WFSB. “That’s barbaric.”

The chief medical examiner ruled that the mother most likely had a miscarriage and that the fetus was not viable. If the mother did have a miscarriage she will not face charges, but authorities want to make sure she reached out to a hospital or doctor.

“Just in case the mother is experiencing vaginal bleeding and she’s afraid to go to the doctor because of what happened, we do encourage her to get to the hospital to get checked out,” Hohn explained to WFSB.

The mother could face criminal charges, though, if it is determined the baby was born alive at some point.

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