A 17-year old girl was caught shoplifting at a Victoria's Secret in New York City yesterday.
And when authorities confiscated the young woman's shopping bag, they found a dead fetus inside of it.
After spotting Tiona Rodriguez and a friend snatching lingerie from this Herald Square store, security guards confiscated the bags being held by these shoplifters and were shocked at what they discovered.
According to Rodriguez, who was transported to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation immediately after this incident, she suffered a miscarriage the day before and did not know what to do with the fetus.
It's unclear just how far along Rodriguez was at the time of her miscarriage, with one source saying she was "nearly full-term" and another claiming she was six-and-a-half months along.
Either way, Rodriguez posted a message that read “These Cramps, SON" on Facebook Wednesday evening and then reportedly had the male fetus at a friend's apartment in Queens.
Police set up a command center there last night as they worked to gather more information.
“She’s a good girl. I can’t believe she would do that,” Zami Ford, a neighbor of Rodriguez’s in Brooklyn, told The New York Daily News. “Who the hell would do that? That’s sickening.”
Ford said Rodriguez lives with her mother and a two-year old son.
The fetus was found in a black plastic bag Rodriguez had been hauling around, wrapped in clothes. This plastic bag was in the bottom of another bag and it was covered by the stolen undergarments that prompted the initial search.
An autopsy will be conducted to confirm the cause of the child's death.