HERALD SQUARE, Manhattan (PIX11) – The results of an autopsy conducted on the dead baby found in a teen’s shopping bag have come back inconclusive, according to the city Medical Examiner’s Office.
Tiona Rodriguez, 17, and her 17-year-old friend Francis Estevez were stopped by a security guard at the Herald Square store after he witnessed them acting suspicious. When cops arrived and began to search the girls’ bags, a strong odor led to the discovery of the dead body. Rodriguez, who has a two-year-old son, told authorities she miscarried Wednesday.
The baby found was six-and-a-half months to term.
A visit to Rodriguez’s Facebook may appear to be your average teen shows an average teen; smiling ‘selfies’, conversations about test scores and landing a job at Chipotle. She even chats about her son, posts pictures with him as well, seemingly happy.
On Wednesday, Rodriguez complained of cramps in a post.
Neighbors of Rodriguez at the Marcy Houses in Bed-Stuy were understandably shocked and horrified at the news as many didn’t realize the girl was even pregnant. “She was trying to hide the pregnancy. She wore big clothes and all that but to find this out is a complete shock. She’s not a bad girl. She’s young,” one neighbor said.
Rodriguez is still being questioned police and she could be facing more serious charges if the Medical Examiner finds the baby was born alive. Officials say it could take several weeks for more conclusive information.