Baby found in bag sounds not unlike a horror story, and indeed it is, as a dead baby discovered in a teen’s shopping bag at a lingerie store is now being viewed as a potential homicide case. Yahoo! reports this Friday, Oct. 18, that the dead baby was born alive, and might never have been discovered had the teen girl not brought the child into a New York lingerie store, Victoria's Secret.
The baby found in bag scare was announced this Friday after teen girl Tiana Rodriguez, 17 years old, was said to give birth to the newborn baby at a friend’s house alive, but the child was allegedly soon asphyxiated. Although the medical examiner’s site is conducting a further autopsy on the baby’s body, the infant is believed to have died — or possibly been killed — before Rodriguez made it to the lingerie outlet.
The exact circumstances surrounding the baby found in a bag and its death are not yet known. According to some of Rodriguez’s neighbors, they had no idea that the 17-year-old girl was even pregnant. The official police press release announced that Rodriguez was hospitalized earlier and remains in the hospital as of this Friday; she has not yet answered any questions for comments on this tragic case.
It was a security guard at a New York lingerie store who found the dead baby’s body in a bag that Rodriguez had brought in with her to the outlet this Thursday. She and another teen friend were in the middle of Victoria’s Secret when they were stopped by police and accused of shoplifting.
Although they were charged with petty larceny, the police then discovered a horrific find in the bag: the dead baby’s body. Rodriguez told police that she was holding onto the small remains because she didn’t know what to do with the newborn after it died.
The cause of the infant’s death is thought to be asphyxiation, and if police find Rodriguez or her friend guilty in the newborn’s death, the teen girls might face much more serious accusations, including homicide.
“The Associated Press is identifying both teens because in New York, older teens are treated as adults, and their cases are handled in criminal courts. Suspects between 7 and 15 may be charged as juveniles and their cases handled in family courts. One of Rodriguez's neighbors, Zami Ford, told the Daily News she was unaware of the teen's pregnancy and stunned by the baby found in bag story and murder allegations.
"She's a good girl," Ford shook her head while talking to the newspaper. "I can't believe she would do that."