Although the NYPD believes that the dead newborn found in 17-year-old Tiona Rodriguez’s bag on Thursday in midtown Manhattan was killed by asphyxiation shortly after the teen mom gave birth on Wednesday, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office revealed on Oct. 18 that the autopsy performed on the fetus was inconclusive and that more tests are needed.
CBS News in N.Y. reported that their sources say that the baby was born alive and weighed in at over eight pounds.
The story first broke on Thursday when Rodriguez and another 17-year-old teen, Francis Estevez, were followed outside of the Victoria’s Secret lingerie store by a security guard who suspected the two of shoplifting.
Security guards called police after they noticed a strong odor coming from one of their bags and found the baby, police said.
The teen mom told police that she was carrying the remains of the baby around with her because she didn’t know what else to do with them.
Both of the 17-year-old girls were arrested on petit larceny charges; more serious charges could still be levied depending on the results of more stringent autopsy test results which could take a few more weeks to be completed.
USA Today reported that Rodriguez was six to eight months pregnant when she gave birth on Wednesday. Tiona Rodriguez also has a 2-year-old son.
For more on Tiona Rodriguez’s story, see the video accompanying this article.
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