Fetus found on plane from Charlotte to NY

Lawyer says charges possible in fetus case
Published: Aug. 7, 2018 at 3:28 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 at 9:11 AM EDT
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NEW YORK (WBTV) - A dead fetus was found on a plane from Charlotte Tuesday morning.

According to CBS News, a cleaning crew found the fetus around 6 a.m. in the plane's bathroom. An attendant noticed a large amount of toilet paper in one of the plane's lavatory toilets. While removing the toilet paper, the cleaner discovered the foot of what appeared to be a fetus, in the toilet, CBS News reports.

The fetus was believed to be five or six months along.

The American Airlines flight, AA 1942, landed at LaGuardia Airport in New York around 10:45 p.m. Monday.

The flight was parked by the hanger at LGA when the fetus was discovered, and not at the gate, CBS reports.

"As we continue to learn more about this tragic and sensitive situation, we are actively cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation. Please contact law enforcement or the medical examiner's office for additional information," American Airlines said in a statement.

LGA Airport officials tweeted that travelers may experience a delay due to an "out of service aircraft."

By 11 a.m. Tuesday, the plane at Terminal B was cleared. "No further operational impacts are anticipated for fliers," the airline tweeted. Officials said a short time later that the flight was delayed until 4 p.m.

The woman who the fetus belonged to has not been found. Police are reviewing surveillance video.

WBTV spoke with criminal defense attorney Mark Jetton Tuesday night to get his thoughts on the situation. The attorney noticed some red flags about the case.

"This looks suspicious. I think this just doesn't pass the smell test," said Jetton.

Jetton said that even if someone on the plane had a miscarriage, the mother of the child could end up facing charges.

"There have been some mothers that have been charged with substance abuse if the fetus is found to have died and they have drugs or anything in their system. Definitely a crime of concealing a dead body is another thing," Jetton explained.

He said much of the initial investigation will likely focus on the fetus, noting that there will be a lot of factors to consider when examining the deceased.

"How far along is the fetus?, DNA, there's gonna be information that they're gonna really get from that fetus. That's gonna be the key piece of evidence at that point," said the attorney.

Before anyone faces potential charges, detectives need to determine who the fetus belongs to. Jetton said that there are many possibilities.

"Not only the passengers had access to this plane. You've got cleaning crew members. You've got mechanics and technicians. You've got a lot of somewhat different scenarios that could have happened."

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