Police are searching for clues after the discovery Thursday morning of what they described as a 28-week-old fetus that had been placed in a gift box.
An anonymous tip led officers to the grisly find about 10 a.m. at an apartment on the 1200 block of East Sioux Road, San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said. The baby’s mother, 31-year-old Ruby Lee Medina, had been rushed to the hospital earlier that morning after what appeared to be a botched abortion.
Police suspect Medina intended to bury the body with the help of her lover Javier Gonzalez, 37, of Mission. Authorities plan to arrest the pair and charge them with abuse of a corpse. […]
Texas is one of at least 19 states that have fetal homicide laws that apply to the earliest stages of pregnancy, the organization states on its Web site. The law here in the Lone Star State defines an individual as a human being who is alive, including an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.
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