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Charges pending after police find fetus in waste container

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Houston police have found the remains of a baby in a trash can.

Investigators say a woman who was five or six months pregnant was attempting to give herself an abortion at her aunt's house in southwest Houston. That's where the baby was discovered dead. "We did find the body of a fetus. It was found in a small plastic waste container," says Sgt. James Racus.

A twenty to twenty-five week-old fetus was found by police in a bedroom waste basket. Officers discovered the baby's body after the 29-year-old mother was rushed to the hospital.

"She had a lot of blood loss. They said she was pale when she got there. She had dangerously low blood pressure. She lost a lot of blood," explains Sgt. Racus.

At the hospital, the woman revealed she had delivered a baby as she was trying to give herself an abortion at home. A baby that police say she then threw away.

"She said she took pills and physically exerted the fetus out," says Sgt. Racus.

"I think it's pretty sad. Who in their right mind would do that?," asks one neighbor.

The 29-year-old woman initially told police that she threw the baby in a large garbage bin at a north Houston apartment complex and officers searched for hours. They finally found the fetus dead across town at the woman's aunt's southwest Houston home.

"Apparently she was distraught that the father of the child was not going to help her pay for the abortion. So she decided to do it on her own," says Sgt. Racus. He also says the fetus was about the size of two fists put together. The woman has a 4-year-old daughter. Investigators say the woman could face charges depending on the results of the autopsy.

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