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Associated Press, Published October 18 2013

Police: Baby found in NY shopping bag born alive

NEW YORK – A dead baby found in a teenage girl’s shopping bag at a lingerie store was born alive and then asphyxiated, police said Friday, as the macabre discovery turned toward a possible homicide case.

Police believe Tiana Rodriguez, 17, gave birth to the baby at a friend’s house and that the infant was later asphyxiated. The city medical examiner’s office said an autopsy was inconclusive, and more tests were needed.

Little was immediately clear about the circumstances of Rodriguez’s pregnancy and the baby’s death. Rodriguez remained hospitalized Friday.

A security guard found the child’s body in a bag Rodriguez was carrying Thursday as she and Francis Estevez, 17, browsed at a Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan, police said. The guard stopped them on suspicion they were shoplifting, and both were arrested on petty larceny charges.

Rodriguez told detectives she was carrying the remains because she had delivered a day earlier and didn’t know what to do, authorities said.