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Baby dumped in trash can after mother’s self-induced abortion

by | Feb 14, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Homicide detectives arrive at the family house of the woman who told nurses she discarded her baby after self-induced abortion.

Homicide detectives arrive at the family house of the woman who told nurses she discarded her baby after self-induced abortion.

Police in Houston have discovered the body of a five-month-old unborn baby in a trash can.  The baby died after his mother reportedly ingested pills to induce an abortion.

The 29-year-old woman showed up on Wednesday at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital bleeding heavily. She told “an emergency-room nurse what had happened,” according to the Houston Chronicle’s Dale Lezon. “The nurse called police, who dispatched officers to recover the fetus, which the woman said she had wrapped in a blanket.”

The woman’s family did not know about the abortion or that she had been pregnant,  Houston Police Department Sgt. James Racus told reporters. The woman, who name was not released, had moved into the family home recently and had kept the family in the dark about her pregnancy, Racus said.

According to various accounts, authorities searched in vain for the baby’s body which the woman said she had disposed of at her former residence. “The woman then admitted the fetus was not there and revealed the proper location, the Stafford-area home of family members,” Lezon reported.

Doctors estimate that the woman was about 20-25 weeks pregnant. She lost a lot of blood, Lezon reported. “You can have an abortion,” Racus said, “but performing an abortion on yourself–you can die.”

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Categories: Abortion