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Teenage girl found carrying foetus around Manhattan lingerie store

NYPD officials say that the girl claimed to have given birth the day before and “didn’t know what to do” with the remains.

Pedestrians pass by the Victoria's Secret Herald Square store in midtown Manhattan yesterday.
Pedestrians pass by the Victoria's Secret Herald Square store in midtown Manhattan yesterday.
Image: AP Photo/Kathy Willens

THE RESULTS OF an autopsy could determine whether two teenage girls are hit with serious charges after one of them was found carrying a dead foetus in a bag while shopping at a Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan.

Police were called to the store yesterday after a security guard on the lookout for shoplifters searched the 17-year-old girls, discovered a strong odour coming from one of their bags and found the foetus.

The girls were arrested on charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

The teenager thought to have given birth was hospitalised, and the other was questioned by police.

One of the girls told detectives she was carrying the remains because she had delivered a day earlier and didn’t know what to do, authorities said. It wasn’t clear whether the foetus was alive or dead when delivered, or how far along the girl was in her pregnancy.

The medical examiner’s office was performing an autopsy on the remains, and more charges could follow depending on the results.

A person who answered the phone at the home of the girl believed to have given birth had no comment. No phone number was available at the address provided by police for the second teenager.

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