Baby's Body Found In Trash

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 2:02pm

Woman's report of home abortion triggers desperate search.

Police in Houston, Texas launched a frantic search for a newborn baby Wednesday, only to find it's body at another location hours later.

Houston police said a 29-year-old woman at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital told a nurse she had a baby recently, but wrapped the baby up and threw the newborn in a trash container.

Investigators said the woman hid the pregnancy and could not afford the baby, so she gave herself an abortion by taking pills. The woman was about 20 to 25 weeks pregnant.

The woman's sister took her to the hospital when she continued to lose blood.

"She told the doctor she had a baby, that she wrapped the baby in a bag and threw baby in the trash," Sgt James Racus said. "She basically stated that she took some pills and tried to force the baby out on her own. Apparently she was distraught that the father of child was not going to pay for the abortion ... she decided to do it on her own."

Police said the baby was not dumped at the apartment complex after all, and were not sure why the woman told them about that complex.

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