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Victoria's Secret shoplifting teen caught with fetus in bag is charged with petit larceny, autopsy pending

Victoria's Secret store where a 17-year-old girl, suspected of shoplifting, was found carrying a fetus in a shopping bag. CBS New York

Victoria's Secret store where a 17-year-old girl, suspected of shoplifting, was found carrying a fetus in a shopping bag.
CBS New York
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - The results of an autopsy could determine whether a teenage girlfound carrying a dead fetus in a bag while shopping at a Victoria's Secret store will face more  charges.

Police were called to the midtown Manhattan store Thursday after a security guard on the lookout for shoplifters stopped the 17-year-old girls, discovered a strong odor coming from one of their bags and then found the fetus.

The girls were arrested on charges of petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said. The teenager thought to have given birth was hospitalized, and the other was questioned by police.

CBS News is not releasing the names of the girls because of their age. 

Police say it appears the teen was five to six months pregnant when she gave birth a day earlier, according to CBS New York. The station also reports that the teen who gave birth is the mother of a 2-year-old boy. Family members and friends didn't know she was pregnant. 

One of the teens reportedly told detectives she was carrying the remains because she didn't know what to do. It wasn't clear whether the fetus was alive or dead when delivered.

The medical examiner's office is performing an autopsy on the remains, and more charges could follow depending on the results.


  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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