Manhattan, NY - A security guard at a New York Victoria’s Secret found more than stolen merchandise inside a suspected teen shoplifter’s bag, he also found a stillborn baby.
It happened on Thursday after the security guard noticed 17-year-old Tiona Rodriguez and her friend taking clothing off the rack and shoving them into their shopping bags. The security guard confronted the girls and took them both into a back office where he called police.
While searching Rodriquez’s shopping bag, he found a smelly plastic bag inside, underneath some stolen merchandise. When opened the bag, he found the smell was emanating from the stillborn baby boy. Rodriguez told police that she’d had a miscarriage the day before, and didn’t know what to do with the body.
We’re not talking about a tiny fetus, but rather a stillborn that came out of a teen police say was anywhere from 6 months pregnant to “nearly full-term.” On the day she gave birth, police believe she was spending the night with a friend. That night, Rodriguez posted on her Facebook page regarding an upcoming job interview and experiencing bad cramping.
Rodriguez, the mother of a 2-year-old, was arrested along with her friend. They were each charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. An autopsy is being carried out to try and determine if the fetus was in fact a stillborn, or alive at birth.