Baby Found in Shopping Bag Born Alive: Cops
17-year-old mom was carrying around the remains
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2013 5:20 PM CDT
A New York City police officer stands in front of the Victoria's Secret Herald Square store in midtown Manhattan, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in New York.    (Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – A dead baby found in a teenage girl's shopping bag at a lingerie store was born alive and then asphyxiated, police said today, as the macabre discovery turned toward a possible homicide case. Police believe 17-year-old Tiana Rodriguez gave birth to the baby at a friend's house and that the infant was later asphyxiated. The city medical examiner's office said an autopsy was inconclusive, and more tests were needed. Little was immediately clear about the circumstances of Rodriguez' pregnancy and the baby's death.

A security guard found the child's body in a bag Rodriguez was carrying yesterday as she and another 17-year-old girl, Francis Estevez, browsed at a Victoria's Secret store in midtown Manhattan, police said. The guard stopped them on suspicion they were shoplifting, and both were ultimately arrested on petit larceny charges. Rodriguez told detectives she was carrying the remains because she had delivered a day earlier and didn't know what to do, authorities said. Rodriguez remained hospitalized today. Click for more on the story.

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Mar 13, 2015 8:47 PM CDT
I know this story is old but I have been unable to find recent updates on what happened to the mother and the results of a full autopsy on the baby.
Oct 19, 2013 10:55 AM CDT
This is why abortions should be legal. If the person doesn't want the baby then they will get rid of it another way.
Oct 19, 2013 5:52 AM CDT
This is pretty horrifying. I can't imagine anyone could possibly deliver a baby, kill it, then take it to the mall unless there was something seriously wrong with her. I mean, I've heard of people not knowing they're pregnant freaking out and killing their own babies, but why oh why was she carrying it around? o.O