Latina teen carried her dead baby in bag for shoplifting trip (VIDEO)
A teen suspected of shoplifting at a Victoria's Secret in New York City on Thursday was found to be carrying a dead fetus inside a plastic bag, according to police.
17-year-old Tiona Rodriguez was first apprehended after a security guard spotted her and a friend swiping items off the rack and called the authorities. Officers responded to what they thought was a routine petty theft. But when they approached the teens, they noticed a strong odor coming from one of the bags. That's when the horrifying discovery was made.
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Police say that one of the teenagers told them she had been six months pregnant but suffered a miscarriage on Wednesday and "didn't know what to do." She was taken to a local hospital in a wheelchair for evaluation. Meanwhile, her friend was taken in for questioning.
Rodriguez and the other 17-year-old are facing charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the baby's cause of death and the girls could face more serious charges, pending the results.
This story is so disturbing, I'm finding it close to impossible to wrap my mind around. The entire situation is just inexplicable--why didn't Rodriguez go to her parents, the hospital, anyone that could've helped? What could've possibly been going through this girl's mind that she thought it was okay to carry around a dead fetus with her? I can't believe I'm even typing that sentence in relation to real-life events!
I know that Rodriguez is young, but I find it hard to believe she truly thought her actions were in any way acceptable. I only hope police figure out the truth about what really happened to the baby, so that justice can be served accordingly.
UPDATE 10/19/2013 10:00 AM: Police have now confirmed that the baby found in the bag was born alive and was later asphyixiated. The city medical examiner's office said an autopsy was inconclusive, and more tests were needed. Rodriguez could be facing homicide charges.
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