Teen arrested for shoplifting was carrying stillborn fetus in shopping bag

Teen arrested for shoplifting was carrying stillborn fetus in shopping bag

Tiona RodriguezWhen New York’s finest busted a teen for shoplifting lingerie on Thursday, they discovered something totally unexpected in her shopping bag. Instead of sexy underwear, they found the remains of a stillborn human fetus.

The New York Post reports that the mother, 17-year-old Tiona Rodriguez of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, told police that she had had the baby yesterday and didn’t know what to do with it.

A security guard at a Victoria’s Secret in Herald Square nabbed Rodriguez and an unidentified accomplice looting lingerie from the racks at around 1:30 p.m. Police were summoned. When they arrived they noticed a strong odor emanating from one of the bags.

The fetus, which appeared to be in its sixth month of development, was taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. Rodriguez was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Her companion was taken to the precinct house for questioning.

Charges against the pair were pending as of late Thursday.

Mind-numbing stories have appeared in this space about women using their infant children as human shields or forcing their offspring to pose nude for porn shots. But this tale sets the bar on depravity to a new low. The specter of unwanted teen pregnancy is grotesque enough. But when women of any age begin carting their miscarried fetuses around with them like so much garbage — while they take part in crime, moreover — society has failed us all in a big way.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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