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Fetus Found In Sewage

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The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Metropolitan Police of the Southern Division was seized with an investigation into an abortion case this Saturday, January 15, after a fetus was found in the sewers of St. Denis Street in Port Louis early Friday evening, January 14. Employees of the Waste Water Management Authority (WWMA) made the gruesome discovery while unblocking a sewage pipe. Dr. Sudesh Kumar Gungadin, head of the police forensic department, attributed the cause of death of the four-month-old fetus to a skull fracture.

It is following complaints made by subscribers of Saint-Denis Street, Port-Louis that a team of WWMA went to this place at around 6:40 pm on Friday, January 14. While unclogging a sewage pipe, they discovered a fetus in the sewer. The Pope Hennessy Police Station was immediately alerted. Police officers from the Pope Hennessy Police Station along with CID responded to a barber shop on St. Denis Street. A fetus was on a raffia bag and was lying on the sidewalk.

Police technicians went to the scene to collect evidence. A police sentry stood guard until the fetus was transported to the morgue of the Dr. A.G. Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis for an autopsy. The autopsy was performed on Saturday morning, January 15, by Dr. Gungadin, who attributed the death to a skull fracture. The medical examiner was unable to establish the sex of the fetus, which is still in training.

Samples have been taken for DNA testing. CID is working with elements of the Southern Division Field Intelligence Office to trace the perpetrator.

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