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Fetus found, teen student arrested

on May 03, 2013 10:20 AM

LANCASTER (AP) — Police in central Pennsylvania said a 19-year-old faces charges and is being held on $1 million bail after giving birth in a bathroom at her high school and trying to flush the fetus down a toilet.

Lancaster police said Cherlie LaFleur gave birth in the bathroom at McCaskey East High School on Tuesday and discarded the male fetus in a trash can after trying to flush it down the toilet. Investigators don’t know if it was born alive; an autopsy showed it was 27 to 29 weeks.

LaFfleur is charged with concealing the death of a child. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney.

A custodian found the fetus around 10 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, detectives conducted interviews and reviewed video footage, identifying LaFleur as the mother.

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