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Headline of the day: “Fetus” found in high school bathroom?

posted at 12:01 pm on May 2, 2013 by

Excuse me? Isn’t a fetus outside the womb an actual baby?  Not according to the Central PA Patriot-News, apparently, and not just in the headline:

A 19-year-old McCaskey East High School student was charged with concealing the death of a child after she reportedly gave birth to a fetus that was found dead in a school bathroom Tuesday night.

Cherlie LaFleur, of the 300 block of North Marshall Street, was identified by police and school resource Officer David Shell after they reviewed school surveillance footage and conducted extensive interviews at the school where the male infant was apparently born prematurely Tuesday night, according to a Lancaster city police press release.

After giving birth in the bathroom, LaFleur allegedly tried to flush the infant down a toilet and, when that failed, she put it in a trash can, police said.

Yes, it’s an infant after it emerges from the birth canal, not a fetus. In other words, a baby — in this case, which its mother tried to toss away.

Mollie Hemingway is aghast at the reporting, as is Steven Greydanus:

Only in Kermit Gosnell’s chamber of horrors.

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