Denver police investigate fetus discovered in dumpster

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DENVER -- The Denver Police Department is investigating what it thought was a newborn found dead in a dumpster.

Officers arrived at the Lowry North Apartments at 8001 E. 11th Ave. just before 11 a.m. Sunday.

Inside a dumpster, officers discovered what they thought was a deceased newborn.

But the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner identified it as a female fetus, though it said was well-developed.

Investigators are waiting on the results of an autopsy and toxicology report to determine how the fetus died.

A spokesman for the Denver District Attorney's Office said it could be considered “abuse of a corpse,” a class two misdemeanor, to dump a fetus in the trash.

In states such as Virginia, it’s a felony classified as unlawful concealment of human remains.

Police have not disclosed what condition the fetus was in or how it was found in the dumpster, only that it was found in a container.

It could take up to eight weeks to get autopsy results back.

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